James T. Hodgkinson identified as suspect in Alexandria shooting

Officers were dispatched to an incident in the 400 block of East Monroe Street, which is across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. More than 50 shots were fired, CBS News reports.

After Scalise was hit, said Rep. Mo Brooks, an Alabama Republican, the congressman "crawled into the outfield, leaving a trail of blood". Two officers were wounded, and lawmakers and the president said the outcome would have been worse if they were not there.

"At the same time I hear Steve Scalise over near second base scream", Brooks added.

Former member of Congress Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in 2011, said in a statement Wednesday, "It doesn't matter if you're a Democrat or a Republican, nor if you're a senator or a representative, nor a staffer or a sworn officer".

Police initially tweeted that the suspect was among five people transported to the hospital, though Alexandria Police Chief Michael Brown later refused to confirm that.

"We are united in our shock and anguish", Speaker Paul Ryan told House members who gathered in the chamber in the aftermath of the shooting.

"Rep. Scalise was critically injured and remains in critical condition", said MedStar Washington Hospital in a statement via Twitter.

"Congressman Steve Scalise sustained a single rifle shot to the left hip".

Scalise, 51, was first elected to the House in 2008 and served as chairman of the Republican Study Committee, a group of conservatives, before becoming whip in the leadership shuffle that followed the surprise defeat of then-Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a Republican primary.

The issue, he said, is with the "the one person out of 10 thousand or 50 thousand or 100 thousand" who actually seeks to channel that anger into violence.

Matt Mika, who works as a lobbyist for Tyson Foods, was also injured.

The Democratic team has dominated in recent times, having won seven straight games before tasting defeat previous year against the Republicans. And as the political rhetoric becomes more shrill, many members of Congress said they are receiving more threats, by email and by phone.

Texas Rep. Roger Williams said that one of his aides, Zack Barth, was shot but was doing well and expected to fully recover.

Taylor said he was sure that a security review would be done.

Congressional leaders typically attend the event and former President Barack Obama - famous for shunning opportunities to rub shoulders with lawmakers - even went two years ago, watching from the Democratic dugout.

Davis said his message to the shooter is, "We are the greatest country in the history of the world. I'm sure it felt a lot longer than it was". We are deeply saddened by this tragedy.

Sanders said he has reached out to staffers from Scalise's office. It said he previously worked for Reps.

Further, Mr. Hodgkinson who was shot and killed by police during the rampage, had been at the YMCA early Wednesday before he went to the ball-field where he carried out the attack.

"I've seen him a couple of times like in the Superdome and I often wondered, 'Well, why in the hell did he have all those security people with him?" said Louisiana Senate President John Alario.

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