Republican House whip Steve Scalise shot in Virginia shooting

At least five people including senior US congressman Scalise were wounded when a gunman opened fire during a baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia on Wednesday morning.

FBI Evidence Response Team members mark evidence at the scene of a multiple shooting in Alexandria, Va., Wednesday, June 14, 2017, involving House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La., and others during a congressional baseball pra.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Scalise was in critical condition, according to MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

They left after half an hour, with Trump speaking to more Capitol Police officers on his way out.

Senator Bernie Sanders confirmed media reports that 66-year-old IL man James T Hodgkinson was the assailant and had apparently volunteered on his presidential campaign last year. Over social media he had lashed out at President Donald Trump and the GOP.

"Everybody probably would have died except for the fact that the Capitol Hill police were there and the only reason they were there is because we had a member of leadership on our team", Paul told MSNBC.

Mr. Scalise, the Republican chief whip, was at a practice session for the annual baseball match between Republican and Democratic lawmakers scheduled for Thursday to raise money for charities.

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".

Besides Scalise, lobbyist Matt Mika and congressional staffer Zack Barth were also shot, suffering minor injuries, officials said.

That resident, Benjamin Childers, added, "We had three members of Congress [who] took shelter in our apartment".

Rep. Mo Brooks, an Alabama Republican, said his colleague "crawled into the outfield, leaving a trail of blood". Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of Congress, their staffs, Capitol Police, first responders, and all others affected.

But the White House quickly cleared Trump's schedule of political events and prepared remarks that could have been made by nearly any president. "Pray for Steve!" Trump said in a tweet.

The officers, along with Alexandria police, returned fire, killing Hodgkinson.

"I don't think it's a coincidence that no bullets were fired outside of that baseball field", he said. Congressman Jeff Duncan of SC said, "I'm shaken up". That's exactly what they did today, and it's due to their actions that there weren't more injuries.

Members described Scalise dragging himself roughly 15 yards away from second base, where he had been playing, and lying there until the shooter was neutralized, at which point some of them ran to assist him and apply pressure to the wound until he could be evacuated.

  • Leroy Wright