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The shooting, which took place during a baseball practice session, left five members of Congress injured and the suspected gunman dead.

Representative Mo Brooks, an Alabama Republican, said that Mr Scalise had what appeared to be "a hip wound". We are very fortunate that the Capitol Police were on the scene, and that the Alexandria Police Department and first responders who also arrived nearly immediately.

Brooks said he saw the man only for a second, and that he was shooting from a chain link fence behind the third base position on the field where the congressional group was holding its morning practice.

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"Steve is in the leadership so he had protection from Capitol Police". Several other people were also believed to have been hit, according to a lawmaker who witnessed the shooting.

President Donald Trump said the shooter, 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson, died from his injuries after he was taken into custody.

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"I am relieved to hear that my friend and colleague Steve Scalise is in stable condition, and am continuing to monitor any news on the three other staff and security members who were shot in this morning's attack", said IL congressman Darin LaHood.

Two police officers engaged and returned gunfire while on the scene.

Republican members of the House and Senate were at an early-morning baseball practice at a field in Alexandria, Virginia when shots were fired.

Sen. Bernie Sanders issued this statement about the shooting: "Our prayers go out for a full recovery of Rep. Scalise, the congressional aides and police officers who were injured. I'm so grateful for Capitol Police's quick response", said Murphy.

Williams said the Republican baseball team holds its practice every morning at 6:30 a.m.at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria, Virginia. Grothman said security would not typically follow a member of Congress to an event like this but because of Scalise's position as House majority whip, he had a detail with him.

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