Lawmakers send thoughts to Scalise, other shooting victims

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A gunman opened fire at a Republican baseball practice early Wednesday morning, shooting several attendees. Police also said that the suspect is in custody and there is no threat.

Police say the victims are being transported to the hospital.

The shooting took place just after 7:00 am (1100 GMT) as the Republican team practiced for the well-loved charity showdown.

The Trumps offered a bouquet of white flowers to each officer's wife.

The White House said Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were both notified of the shooting in Alexandria.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Donald Trump planned to pay a visit to the United States congressman who was critically wounded Wednesday at baseball practice outside Washington, a White House official said. "We are grateful for the U.S. Capitol Police, who put their lives on the line each day to protect Members of Congress, our staff, and visitors at the Capitol".

"Just left hospital", Trump later reported on Twitter.

The gunman responsible for the GOP congressional baseball practice shooting has died, President Donald Trump said Wednesday. Gunshots hit the YMCA's windows, and the building was shut down and the block cordoned off, NPR's Tom Bowman reports from the scene. "The three weren't shot". Two officers, though, were among the wounded.

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. But Slater said authorities were still working to determine a motive and had no indication how Hodgkinson knew about the baseball practice ahead of time.

Scalise, 51, the No. 3 House Republican leader first elected to the House in 2008, was in stable condition and undergoing surgery.

Rep. Roger Williams, a Texas Republican whom Barth works for, was also hospitalized and released with an injury to his leg. Congressman Mo Brooks of SC says the shooter, James Hodgkinson, carried a rifle and sprayed bullets across the baseball diamond.

Police audio obtained by media recorded a flood of frantic calls: "Shots being fired".

"I was one of the closest to the shooter", said Brooks. We are deeply saddened by this tragedy. The popular annual face-off, which raises money for charity, was scheduled for Thursday evening at Nationals Park across the Potomac River in Washington. Besides baseball, members of the two parties normally socialize much do not.

Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-South Carolina, said he encountered a man in the parking lot near the field, later identified as the gunman, who "asked me if the team practicing was a Democrat or Republican team".

"My first thought was concern for my friends, former colleagues, police officers, and everyone in that area at that time", said Young.

Giffords is the former Democratic congresswoman from Arizona who was shot in 2011, igniting concerns about a violent political atmosphere.

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