Congress baseball attack: Louisiana rep critical; gunfire caught on camera

A rifle-wielding attacker opened fire on Republican lawmakers as they practiced for a charity baseball game Wednesday, critically wounding House GOP Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana and hitting aides and Capitol police as congressmen and others dove for cover.

In posts on Twitter, the Alexandria Police Department said a suspect was believed to be in custody, and that victims were being transported to area hospitals.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Al., and Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, recounted their harrowing experiences in television interviews Wednesday morning, saying U.S. Capitol Police officers distracted the shooter and ultimately wounded him, saving more people from being shot.

Hoosier representative Jim Banks says in a statement "I am praying for Congressman Scalise and those wounded during this morning's baseball practice". "My adrenaline is raging, and of course, it's never easy to take when you see people around you getting shot and you don't have a weapon yourself, so you're not in a position where you can help defend".

During a press conference authorities from Alexandria and Capitol Police said it was very early on in the investigation and they will not say much about the incident. The attacker later died of his injuries, President Donald Trump told the nation from the White House.

As his colleagues ran for cover, Scalise, who had been standing at second base, crawled off the softball field, leaving a trail of blood in his wake.

"Everybody was talking to each other, touching each other", he said.

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"The public's insatiable appetite to hear only their own political views and the 24-hour news and social media cycle provides affirmation to those with warped ideology and may embolden them to act", he said.

Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent in charge Tim Slater said it was "too early to say" whether it was an act of terrorism, or whether Scalise was targeted. I am thankful for the great courage of the Capitol Police, who were my protectors after I was shot and became my friends.

About 25 people had gathered for the Republican team's practice for an annual charity game, scheduled for Thursday night.

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.

Congressman Steve Scalise underwent surgery after being shot in the hip and remained in critical condition, according to MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

Wenstrup praised Capitol police for taking out the gunman and the emergency responders who showed up at the scene quickly.

Hodgkinson, who was 66, was fatally shot by police. "America is praying for you and American is praying for all of the victims of this awful shooting".

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There was talk of "unity and tone, and the importance of us to come together on what is said and how it is said", Jenkins said. President Donald Trump later confirmed that the suspect died from injuries suffered in a gunfire exchange with Rep.

As the No. 3 House Republican, Scalise has a security detail assigned to him at all times. "Without them there, this would have been a massacre".

Ms Reba Winstead lives across the street from the parking lot of the field where the shooting occurred.

"He's loyal to the person he's assigned to protect", Brooks said of the officer.

All votes in the House of Representatives were cancelled for Wednesday.

Capitol Hill police officers David Bailey and Crystal Griner were also among the wounded, according to House Republican leader Paul Ryan.

He said the shooter appeared to be a white male but added that "I saw him for a second or two".

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