President Trump visits Rep Scalise at hospital

"We are strongest when we are unified and when we work together for the common good", the president said in an address to the country from the Diplomatic Room of the White House.

Scalise's office said he was in stable condition and undergoing surgery. Matt Mika, a lobbyist for Tyson Foods, was in critical condition at George Washington University Hospital, a spokeswoman said.

"The bullet travelled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs, and causing severe bleeding", the statement said.

"He will require additional operations".

James Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville was shot by the U.S. Capitol Police who were on the scene during the Congressional practice. "And I thank God for the quick actions of the capitol hill police officers". Two congressman said they had sustained minor injuries while trying to take cover.

"Congressman Scalise is a friend, and a very good friend", Trump said.

He and First Lady Melania Trump later visited Scalise in hospital, bringing flowers.

The president said in a statement Wednesday that "the vice president and I are aware of the shooting incident in Virginia and are monitoring developments closely".

Sanders swiftly responded to reports the suspect had volunteered on his presidential campaign.

"I am sickened by this despicable act and let me be as clear as I can be", said Sanders.

In a day that horrified America, a sniper nursing grievances with President Trump and the Republican party critically wounded a leading GOP congressman and three others practicing for a charity baseball game - with shots that pierced the nation's increasingly heated partisan rhetoric and raised alarms over the potential for political violence.

Former congresswoman Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.), who was the victim of a shooting in 2011, described the shooting as "an attack on all who serve and on all who participate in our democracy".

House Speaker Paul Ryan's office said Scalise's wounds were not believed to be life-threatening and that a member of the security detail was also shot.

An early morning baseball game practice turned bloody Wednesday, when a gunman opened fire at a park outside Washington DC. Some things that get reported by the media will later turn out to be wrong. The shooter later died from his injuries.

Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., who was present at the shooting said it hadn't altered his view on the Second Amendment. "And that is a photo I saw this morning of our Democratic colleagues gathered in prayer this morning after hearing the news". "My colleagues were targeted today".

Joe Barton, the Republican team manager, arrived at the US Capitol still wearing his red baseball uniform.

Two Capitol Police officers, injured in a shootout with the assailant, were at the baseball practice only because Scalise, a Republican congressional leader, was there.

Scalise, a Catholic, was shot at the hip and was transported to surgery. Scalise, a conservative from the southern state of Louisiana, backs arms rights and last month introduced legislation that relaxes restrictions on interstate gun sales.

  • Larry Hoffman