Gunman wounds GOP congressman, then killed by police


Louisiana congressman Steve Scalise underwent surgery for a gunshot to the hip and was in stable condition. "I think it was not a life-threatening wound". The attacker later died of his injuries, President Donald Trump told the nation from the White House.

"One of our security detail was shooting back, but it was our pistol versus the shooter's rifle", Brooks said. Jeff Flake said the shooter was using a "large gauged rifle" to carry out the shooting.

"We were doing batting practice", said Flake.

"I hear loud explosions". "It was a rapid succession after that, a gunman near the third base dugout just opened fire on the field".

'The Members of Congress, the staff and the volunteers who were out at practice this morning care deeply about the causes they play to benefit, ' organizers said in a statement.

Flake said Scalise was playing second base and dragged himself off the field after being hit. "He had a lot of ammo".

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Other lawmakers were stunned in the aftermath of the event, which raised questions about the security of members of Congress. She said the officer had gotten out of a parked auto , drawn a handgun and shouted something to the gunman, who then fired.

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".

Two Capitol police officers shot Wednesday have been identified as Krystal Griner and David Bailey.

Once the gunman was down, Mr Flake ran to Mr Scalise and tended to him.

"The congressional baseball game is going on tomorrow, as well it should", McSally said as her news received a standing ovation on the House floor.

Speaking to CBS News after the shooting, Flake confirmed that he received a call from Obama in the morning.

Brooks said even after one of the officers was wounded, he limped toward the outfield in an attempt to help Scalise.

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Though the suspect was wearing a UPS uniform, investigators have yet to confirm he was actually an employee, Chaplin said. Auto shop owner Robert Kim said he heard five to eight rapid gun shots, CBS affiliate KPIX-TV reported.

"We started giving him the liquids, I put pressure on his wound in his hip", Mr Brooks said.

Eventually a sniper team arrived and surrounded the area to allow lawmakers to leave the dugout with protection, he said. "A staff person was shot in the chest, possibly serious", King said. He is expected to make a full recovery, Williams said.

Of the at least five people wounded, Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama told CNN that they include a congressional staff member, two law enforcement officers and another officer who was either with the U.S. Capitol Police or Secret Service.

Ron DeSantis said he was walking to auto with a colleague and described to Fox News an exchange he had with a man, who was unarmed: "There was a guy that walked up to us that was asking whether it was Republicans or Democrats out there".

Trump said that "many lives would have been lost without the heroic action" of the Capitol Police officers who took down the gunman. It was not immediately clear whether it would go on as scheduled.

Alexandria, Va. Police Chief Michael Brown, right, and others walk to speak to the media about the shooting in Alexandria, Va., today where House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La. was shot at a congressional baseball practice.

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