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Congressman injured in shooting now in critical condition, hospital says

15 June 2017

U.S. Sen. John Kennedy, R-Louisiana, said that if reports that the shooting were political in nature, "we've sunk to a new low". "While I was not at the practice this morning, I want to thank and commend the first responders and the Capitol Police officers on site who helped bring an end to this terrible act".

Davis was interviewed on CNN, still in his baseball t-shirt, with blood on his elbow and hand. Of those shot were reportedly aides to Scalise and officers with the U.S. Capitol Police.

Investigators said they found anti-Trump messages on the shooter's Facebook social media page.

President Donald Trump also canceled an afternoon event at the Department of Labor.

Brooks said members of the security detail fired back with pistols at the shooter until the shooter was tackled to the ground.

A shooting Wednesday morning at a baseball field in Alexandria, Va., left the third-highest-ranking member of the House of Representatives lying at the edge of the outfield with a gun wound to his hip.

Rep. Michael Coffman (R-CO) tweeted - "My thoughts and prayers are with my colleagues and staff who were at the Congressional baseball practice this morning".

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Trump praised Scalise as "a patriot" and "a fighter" and said Scalise has the prayers of the "entire nation" behind him. The nature of their injuries was not immediately clear. Alexandria Police said they were called about the shooting at 7:09 am.

A gunman opened fire on Republican members of Congress during a baseball practice near Washington early on Wednesday, wounding several people including House of Representatives Majority Whip Steve Scalise before being taken into custody, police and witnesses said. He is among the five injured, police said.

As of 9:45 a.m. ET, Scalise was in stable condition but undergoing surgery, according to a statement from his office.

Who was present, and who was shot?

"The only weapon I had was a baseball bat".

The GOP lawmakers' team was taking batting practice when gunshots rang out and chaos erupted.

When the gunfire stopped and Flake heard someone say the shooter was down, he sprinted out to Scalise.

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Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) told the Associated Press that the gunman had "a rifle of some sort. a lot of ammo". "[Scalise] went down and dragged himself off of the infield into the outfield about 10 or 15 yards and was laying motionless out there".

In a statement, President Trump said that the gunman is dead.

Equipment and medical bags are seen on the Alexandria baseball field where the shooting took place. She said he was using a long gun and exchanging fire with law enforcement officers, one of whom yelled for her to get down. They took cover behind vehicles and then a nearby apartment building before they were able to call the police.

Rep. Brad Wenstrup, of OH, a doctor and member of the U.S. Army Reserve who served as a military surgeon in Iraq, rendered medical assistance to Scalise at the scene, Flake said. And then, realizing what she had said, she continued: "Ohmygod, I'm sorry to curse".

"We started giving him the liquids, I put pressure on his wound in his hip", Brooks said. Williams did not say what condition the staffer was in. He was in his Washington D.C. office when he saw the news flash across his TV screen.

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

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