Congressman, 4 others shot at baseball field

Police and other first responders block East Monroe Ave.in Alexandria, Va., Wednesday, June 14, 2017, after a shooting involving House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La, at a congressional baseball practice.

Kyrsten Sinema: "So grateful for Capitol Police, who saved lives this morning at congressional baseball practice". Their injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.

Five people were injured in the shooting, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise. Scalise's office released a statement that said he is "undergoing surgery" and "in stable condition".

Filous said she saw the shooter hit a uniformed law enforcement officer, who she said was later evacuated by helicopter.

President Donald Trump said in remarks from the White House late Wednesday morning that the suspect had died of his wounds.

The Congressional shooter who was identified as IL resident James Hodgkinson, 66, "has now died", according to President Donald Trump, who made the announcement at 11:30 am EDT. Hodgkinson allegedly shot Scalise and four others, including two Capitol Police officers, before being shot himself and taken into custody.

According to reports, Scalise was struck in the hip but didn't lose consciousness before being taken to the hospital.

The president, who cast Scalise as a "fighter", said he will recover and has the prayers of the nation and world behind him.

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"Lawmakers who spoke about the shooting incident, described "a normal morning practice, at a field where they've practiced for years, when all of a sudden shots rang out".

Paul said that a number of aides were lying down during the attack as the shooter fired bullets their way.

WASHINGTON (AP) - A law enforcement official says the shooting in Virginia that injured Rep. Steve Scalise and several others is being investigated as a criminal act rather than an act of terrorism.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this tragedy", said Alexandria Mayor Allison Silberberg.

Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-WI) told Wisconsin's WTMJ that he believed the shooting "could have been much worse" if Scalise had not been there, due to the security detail that protects him.

The practice was for a bipartisan baseball game scheduled for Thursday.

Trump praised the "heroic actions" of the Capital Police at the scene.

  • Lawrence Cooper