Published: Wed, June 14, 2017
USA | By Kelli Rowe

Gunman fires on congressional baseball practice in Virginia, wounding several

Gunman fires on congressional baseball practice in Virginia, wounding several

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) was among those shot on Wednesday morning.

"While I am fine, I am praying for my colleagues, Majority Whip Scalise, police, and staff", said Costello, who donned a Reading Fightin Phils uniform for his role as the Republicans' shortstop in the last two congressional baseball games in Washington.

A statement from the politician's office confirmed that he was one of those injured in the attack.

"Prior to entering surgery, the Whip was in good spirits and spoke to his wife by phone", his office said.

Texas Rep. Roger Williams's aide Zack Barth, U.S. Capitol Police officers and an employee of Tyson Foods Inc. are among those wounded in the shooting, according to The Associated Press. "Jeff and I believe that the individual who committed the attack was the same individual who approached us", DeSantis said.

Sen. Bernie Sanders said on Wednesday that he had been informed that "the alleged shooter at the Republican baseball practice is someone who apparently volunteered on my presidential campaign".

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DeSantis, who was at the practice, said he had a unusual encounter with a man moments before the shooting. Two police officers and two or three congressional staff members were among the wounded, Sen.

Members of Congress were practicing for a game that was scheduled for Thursday night at Nationals Park.

The president also tweeted Wednesday, "Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, a true friend and patriot, was badly injured but will fully recover".

McSally, a Republican from Arizona, says "we can't let anyone stop us from doing our work and from standing together". FBI Special Agent in Charge Tim Slater would not comment on if the Republican lawmakers were specifically targeted, if the shooting was domestic terrorism, or on what is the motive of the shooter.

"He was at the third base side I was walking to the first base side, and as I lay out in the parking lot and looking I saw him walk around the building and could see him firing again", the New Mexico congressman continued.

In a statement, Barton said that shortly after 7 a.m.

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At least five people were taken to hospitals from the incident, according to Alexandria Police Chief Michael Brown.

Brooks said that Scalise, 51, was down on the ground with what Brooks described as "a hip wound".

The members of Congress were practicing for a charity ballgame. The suspected gunman was killed as Capitol Police officers returned fire at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia. "Sanders said he was 'sickened by this despicable act" and condemned it "in the strongest possible terms".

Shimkus plays on the baseball team but was not there during the shooting.

The news of the shooting reverberated on Capitol Hill, where security was increased and regular proceedings were canceled or postponed.

While there have been recent incidents of left-leaning figures gaining attention for their over-the-top suggestions of violence against Trump, the president is no stranger to using incendiary rhetoric to fire up his supporters.

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