Video shows gunfire at congressional baseball practice as bystander takes cover


The gunman, who has been identified as 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson, was killed in a shoot-out with police.

It was supposed to be a quiet morning at the White House as President Donald Trump marked his 71st birthday, with nothing on his public schedule until the late afternoon.

The Associated Press reports that he had several minor run-ins with the law in recent years and belonged to a Facebook group called "Terminate the Republican Party". He reportedly survived and is now in police custody.

"Many people likely would have died this morning if not for the bravery of the Capitol Police", Paul said. At this point of the investigation there are no links to terrorism, officials said.

Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent Tim Slater said it was "too early to say" whether it was an act of terrorism, or whether Scalise was targeted.

"It's too early to say". Slater did not provide details about the suspect's condition.

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Scalise, the majority "whip" in the House, was in stable condition after being shot in the hip and was undergoing surgery at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, his office said in a statement.

Scalise and other Republican lawmakers were gathered at the park, 400 East Monroe Ave., about 7 a.m. EST, practicing for a charity Congressional baseball game Thursday. Steve Scalise, R-Louis., the House Majority Whip, and Zach Barth, a congressional staffer with Rep. Many have credited the U.S. Capitol Police for effectively engaging with the gunman, using their pistols against his rifle - a decidedly uneven matchup across a wide open space.

Lawmaker Brooks described Scalise dragging his body across the pitch to get away from the shooter while the firing continued. Republican Rep. Jeff Duncan believes the shooter specifically targeted the baseball practice in Alexandria because it was the Republican team.

At least 50 shots were fired. Police started returning fire.

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Brooks also told the network that he watched as "a Capitol security guy who had already been shot, who had helped take down the shooter, came limping over to us in the outfield, totally ignoring his own wounds to check on the person he was primarily responsible for - Steve Scalise being a part of the House leadership team". Roger Williams, R-Austin. Without the officers, the other unarmed lawmakers and staffers who scrambled for cover would have been defenseless until police arrived three minutes after the 911 call. "Thank you for the thoughts and prayers".

PBS NewsHour said it obtained the footage from Noah Nathan, who was walking his two golden-doodles near the Alexandria, Virginia, field where the shooting occurred. Several top leaders took to social media to express their sympathy.

"The Vice President and I are aware of the shooting incident in Virginia and are monitoring developments closely". "We are deeply saddened".

"We ask that you keep the Whip and others harmed in this incident in your thoughts and prayers".

Steve King reacted angrily to the shooting at a congressional Republican baseball practice Wednesday morning, tying the suspected gunman to violence "from the Left". "It sounds absolutely very bad", said Murphy, who was not at practice because the two teams practice at different facilities. "And it just went from really sort of a calm, peaceful morning to utter chaos in here".

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