GOP Congressman Scalise in Critical Condition

REPORT: Congressman among shot at a Virginia park

REPORT: Congressman among shot at a Virginia park

Witnesses at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia say a gunman opened fire on members of Congress and their staffers, hitting several people including at least one congressman. "Scalise's security detail and Capitol Hill police immediately began to return fire and Alexandria police also immediately came and began to return fire", he said. Scalise is in critical condition, according to MedStar Washington Hospital Center, and the other patient was hospitalized.

Trump also said he spoke with Scalise's wife and offered his full support to the congressman's family.

Speaker Paul Ryan tweeted - "This morning the hearts of the whole House are with @SteveScalise, the courageous Capitol police, staff, and all those who were in harm's way".

Rep. Jeff Duncan said in a statement that he was at the practice and "saw the shooter".

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A local resident who posted a video of the scene after the shooting said, "There were probably about 80 to 100 shots fired over there". Joining him, Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said: "We are not one caucus or the other in this House today, but we speak for each other in saying that we send our thoughts and prayers to our colleague Steve Scalise". "He was shot", said Brooks, adding he helped apply a tourniquet with his belt to a congressional staffer who was shot in the leg.

Mr Lee said the shooter had used a long gun and was dead.

The White House said Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were both notified of the shooting in Alexandria.

Flake recounted the harrowing moments after Louisiana Representative Steve Scalise was shot. "Thankful, as always, for the U.S. Capitol Police and all they do".

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The two injured Capitol Police officers are David Bailey and Crystal Griner, according to House Speaker Paul Ryan.

The shooting unfolded shortly after 7:00 a.m. during the final practice before Thursday night's scheduled charity game between Republicans and Democrats at Nationals Park.

The officers were part of the team that protects high-ranking members of Congress. Scalise is third in line in the leadership of the House.

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