Gunman shoots top Republican leader at baseball practice; suspect arrested

James T. Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old from Belleville, Illinois, has reportedly been identified as the shooter.

The House canceled its two scheduled voting periods and the morning hour of floor speeches. "Rep. Ruben Kihuen, D-Nevada, said in a tweet, "@HouseDemocrats praying for our @HouseGOP @SenateGOP baseball colleagues after hearing about the horrific shooting.

Kyrsten Sinema: "So grateful for Capitol Police, who saved lives this morning at congressional baseball practice". He was transported to MedStar Washington Hospital Center, where he is now undergoing surgery. The two police officers were wounded, but their injuries were not described as life threatening.

New Orleans Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond said in a statement: "We are saddened by this act of violence".

The House will have a bipartisan members-only briefing at 11:15 the Capitol, which will be led by the Sergeant-at-Arms.

The gunman hit House Majority Whip Steve Scalise in the hip. The Louisiana conservative was elected majority whip, the job of chief vote counter for the GOP leadership team.

One member of Congress told a HuffPost reporter that he may have spoken with the shooter before shots rang out. He said two of the wounded were congressional staffers. And they went over and talked to the Speaker.

"I hear another "blam" and I realize that there's an active shooter, " he said. CBS News is reporting that Scalise has a wound to the hip and is in stable condition right now.

"I got Steve Scalise's phone and called his wife", Flake said.

Alexandria Police Chief Michael Brown said officers responded within minutes, and they are collaborating with Capitol police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

At the time of the shooting, the lawmakers were preparing for an annual congressional game scheduled for Thursday night.

"We now know the gunman fired shots at practice this morning".

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Rand Paul, a Senator from Kentucky, said on CNN that had the Capitol Police not returned fire it would have been a massacre. "He could have killed them all, had Capitol Hill police not taken him down that moment".

State police spokesman David Procopio said in a statement Wednesday that there is no known threat to MA.

He did not reveal the names of any victims or suspects. Flake had to say about the incident in the video player above.

The Capitol Police say they are "investigating a shooting that occurred off Capitol Grounds".

Rep. Jeff Duncan said in a statement that he was at the practice and said "saw the shooter". He said the shooter was "taken down".

Williams said the gunman has been detained.

Sen. Jeff Flake, of Arizona, told the Examiner that he and other lawmakers got Barton's son into the dugout and under a bench to protect him from the gunfire.

Rep. Mike Bishop from MI said the gunman was standing outside the fence line behind third base aiming for the field's only exit.

Several other people were wounded, including a congressional staff member. While the top lawmakers, including Scalise, have security details, others do not and regularly appear in public without protection. My thoughts and prayers are with Steve Scalise. A suspect is in custody, according to police.

Scalise has forged a close relationship with President Donald Trump, working together on the House health care bill and a pending effort to overhaul the tax code.

"The Vice President and I are aware of the shooting incident in Virginia and are monitoring developments closely", Trump said in a statement. He shot at Steve Scalise our second baseman.

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