US Congressman, others reported shot at Virginia baseball field

Posted June 15, 2017

Paul said between 50-100 shots were fired.

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"Our courageous police, our congressional aides, who work so tirelessly behind the scenes with enormous devotion, and our dedicated members of Congress who represent our people".

The lawyer said he was greeting friend and colleague U.S. Rep. Trent Kelly, R-Mississippi, on the infield just before the shots rang out from near the third base side. Scalise sustained a gunshot wound to the hip and was air-evacuated from the baseball field.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, staff and the Capitol Police that fell victim to this horrific event", said RPOF Chairman Blaise Ingoglia.

President Donald Trump said the shooter, 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson, died from his injuries after he was taken into custody. The audio recording, with portions trimmed of dead air, runs for about 10 minutes.

Federal authorities are investigating a shooting that resulted in injuries for Catholic congressman and Republican Steve Scalise and others when a gunman opened fire on him and the others during a June 14 practice for an annual congressional baseball game.

Mr Scalise, 51, the number three House Republican leader first elected to the House in 2008, is in a stable condition and undergoing surgery at a nearby hospital. Proceeds from the game are contributed to multiple Washington, D.C. charities, including the local Boys and Girls Club and the Washington Literacy Center. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz)Flake said the shooting happened during batting practice.

He said never thought he'd go to a baseball practice and "have to dodge bullets".

Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama tells CNN, "The gun was a semiautomatic" adding that he was sure it was a rifle but unsure what kind. But we thank U.S. Capitol Police and first responders for their swift and courageous actions.

Trump says the wounded congressman, Republican Steve Scalise of Louisiana, is in stable condition.

A Democrat team was also practicing early Wednesday morning, but there was no threat.

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

Wednesday marked the first time a sitting lawmaker was shot since 2011, when then-Rep.

Because Scalise is a member of the House leadership, all votes scheduled for today have been canceled.