Gunman shooting at baseball practice field dead

"He is grateful for the courageous actions of US Capitol Police, first responders and colleagues", the statement said.

"He dragged himself, after he was shot, from near second base about 10 or 15 yards into the field, just to be I think a little further away from the gunman; but he was laying motionless out there", Flake said.

Fleischmann told the World News Tonight anchor that he was preparing to leave the baseball field after practice when he heard "one, single, loud pop".

Just after 7 a.m. a gunman, identified as 66-year-old James Hodgkinson from Belleville, IL, opened fire on a group of Republican congressmen and their aides as they practiced for a charity game this week. "And I hope that, out of this tragedy, we can actually bring together some unity, some common ground", the Tennessee Republican told ABC News anchor David Muir.

The man who shot and wounded four people at a Republican baseball practice on Wednesday in Alexandria, Virginia, had two guns in his possession, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has confirmed. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said of the Capitol Police.

There are reports of other members of congress receiving threats citing the shooting as motivation.

He says Mr McAuliffe was using the shooting to "advance his own political agenda".

Brooks said the return fire distracted the gunman until he was downed by the officers.

"I could have easily been there", the Channahon Republican said during a teleconference Wednesday afternoon with media.

In a later tweet, Trump called Scalise "a true friend and patriot" and said the congressman was "badly injured but will recover".

Brooks said the Scalise "crawled into the outfield, leaving a trail of blood".

"I and others have received death threats", he said.

After this morning's meeting, Rep. Carson said, "A lot of members are talking about receiving calls in their offices that the 'Dems are next'". Both serve as part of Mr. Scalise's security detail and were in good condition, according to US Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa. His family said he was shot multiple times and was in critical condition and in surgery.

"The only reason why any of us walked out of this thing, by the grace of God, one of the folks here had a weapon to fire back and give us a moment to find cover", Republican Rep. Mike Bishop of MI told WWJ, referring to one of Scalise's security guards. Democrats, practicing on a different field, bowed their heads in prayer for their Republican colleagues.

  • Larry Hoffman