Trump, first lady make surprise visit to hospital where Scalise being treated

We will keep them in our prayers, we will continue to send them every wish for a quick and full recovery.

President Donald Trump and wife Melania visited wounded U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-LA, in the hospital Wednesday night, just hours after Scalise was shot during a charity baseball game practice.

The shooter was identified as James T. Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old home inspector from IL who had several minor run-ins with the law in recent years and belonged to a Facebook group called "Terminate the Republican Party".

The last gun attack against a member of Congress was in January 2011 in Tucson, Arizona, when Gabrielle Giffords, a Democrat, was shot in the head but survived an assault that killed six people.

They also met the doctors treating Scalise, including Ira Rabin, vice president for medical operations of the Hospital and talked to Scalise's wife Jennifer, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters.

President Trump also said the FBI is investigating the shooting and will provide updates as they become available, and confirmed that Rep. Scalise is in stable condition. "He's a patriot. And he's a fighter".

Trump described Scalise as a "very good friend" and "patriot", telling him: "America is praying for you and America is praying for all of the victims of this awful shooting".

Lawmaker Jeff Duncan said he was leaving the practice when he was approached by a man he later learned was the shooter, who asked if the team was Republican or Democrat before heading toward the field. He underwent surgery but requires additional procedures to mend significant internal injuries, including a broken hip and damage to internal organs. One Capitol Hill police officer suffered a gunshot wound and another officer twisted an ankle and was released from a hospital, police said.

The shooting took place at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, across the Potomac River from Washington. She said the shooting "went on for quite a while".

Capitol Police officers who were in Scalise's security detail wounded the shooter, who was taken into custody.

Scalise, who was standing at the second base plate, was struck by gunfire and collapsed.

He was lying motionless and was "coherent the whole time" when Sen.

"We were just trying to stay alive", added Barth, who said he's doing okay.

Alexandria police chief Michael Brown said his officers arrived within minutes and engaged Hodgkinson, together with Capitol Police officers. From there, the two hid inside the dugout with Brooks and Flake until the shooter was no longer active.

By 7:14 a.m., the gunman, 66-year-old James Hodgkinson from the St. Louis suburb of Belleville, Illinois, was down.

Hodgkinson's Facebook page is largely political.

"A killing field", U.S. Senator Rand Paul said in a televised interview, describing the scene in Arlington, Virginia. "Real change can only come about through nonviolent action, and anything else runs against our most deeply held American values". Members of the Republican baseball team were practicing at the field; House Whip Steve Scalise and four others were injured in the attack. Scalise, along with another victim, remains in critical condition.

Rep. Mo Brooks, (R-Alabama), lauded the bravery of the two Capitol Police officers, saying that despite being wounded, they returned fire in an effort to protect the congressmen. When shots were fired, he and Mississippi Congressman Trent Kelly started running for an open gate along the first base line.

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