House Majority Whip, several others, shot in Virginia

A gunman opened fire on a Republican congressional team baseball practice Wednesday and Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., was among the wounded, authorities said.

Trump praised the Capitol Police officers who fired back at the shooter for their "heroism" and called on Americans to "take a moment today to cherish those you love and always remember those who serve and keep us safe". "Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of Congress, their staff, Capitol Police, first responders, and all others affected", he added.

Shortly after Wednesday's shooting at baseball practice, congressional members who play on the team returned to the capitol. Fleischmann is at home in Ooltewah and said her husband called her to tell her he was alright, but there had been a awful shooting.

The shooter died in custody as a result of wounds he suffered during a shootout with police following the incident, President Trump said in a brief statement.

Scalise, a Republican from Louisiana, had surgery and is in stable condition at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, his office said. Several other people - including staffers and Capitol police - were also wounded, officials said.

U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-Naperville: "Thinking of Steve Scalise and my colleagues, their staff, and Capitol Police this morning and wishing everyone a speedy recovery".

Representative Jeff Duncan of SC said he had just left the practice and encountered the apparent gunman in the parking lot before the shooting.

Scalise is the first member of Congress to be shot since former Arizona Rep.

Sen. Paul says he was in the batting cages on the right side of the field when the first shot was sacked.

However, it's "too early to tell" if Republican members of congress were targeted by the gunman, Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Tim Slater said at a press conference. "Many have been shot, but a lot like me got bloody running for cover", he said.

- Senator Todd Young (@SenToddYoung) June 14, 2017Praying for my friend Steve Scalise and everyone at the practice this morning.

Sanders, of Vermont, says in a statement: "I am sickened by this despicable act". "And then Scalise's security detail said the guy was moving around that side". She said the shooting "went on for quite a while". "You can imagine, all the people on the field scatter". "It's - it's not a good situation to be in", Brooks told CNN.

  • Leroy Wright