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Gunman opens fire on members of Congress at baseball practice, witnesses say

Gunman opens fire on members of Congress at baseball practice, witnesses say

Grothman said security would not typically follow a member of Congress to an event like this but because of Scalise's position as House majority whip, he had a detail with him.

U.S. Rep. John Larson Tweeted that he and his staff stand in solidarity with Republican colleagues and that they are grateful that the first responders were there and acted so quickly.

"Here's a Republican that should lose his job, but they gave him a raise, " James T. Hodgkinson allegedly wrote in a 2015 post to his Facebook account, referring to the Louisiana congressman.

Alexandria police said a suspect in the shooting was in custody.

Michael L. Brown wouldn't identify them or give their conditions. Senator Rand Paul said that if the police officers were not present it would have been a "massacre".

Florida Rep. Dennis Ross was not at the the practice Wednesday morning and is doing well, officials said.

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"He had a lot of ammo", Flake said, adding that he believed the shooter was using a rifle. He said the FBI has joined the investigation.

Capitol Hill Police notified congressional offices that the security presence on the Hill would be increased "out of an abundance of caution".

The statement does not mention any of the victims by name.

Witness David Woodruff said he was running past the field when he heard 12 to 14 gunshots, a brief pause and then four more shots.

At approximately 7am ET this morning, an armed gunman arrived at baseball practice and opened fire. Texas Rep. Roger Williams, who coaches the GOP team, said a member of his staff was shot and was receiving medical attention.

Williams said the gunman has been detained.

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Reba Winstead lives near the scene of the shooting, and says she heard at least 30 shots as she was getting her daughter dressed for school.

Brooks estimated that there were 50 to 100 shots fired. He dragged himself from near second base into the field just to be further from the gunman.

Scalise spokesman Chris Bond said he would be checking with the hospital throughout the day for updates on the condition of the congressman and the other wounded people. "Thoughts and prayers w my Republican baseball friends this morning", tweeted Colorado Rep. Jared Polis. Many other congressmembers were there for practice shortly after 7 a.m., including Sen.

President Donald Trump has released a statement about the incident. A total of five people, including Scalise and the gunman, were injured in the shooting, according to multiple reports.

President Donald Trump said he was "deeply saddened by this tragedy" and was monitoring developments. A government official says Hodgkinson is the suspect in the Virginia shooting that injured Rep. Steve Scalise and several others.

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