House Majority Whip shot at congressional baseball practice

The gunman, identified as James Hodgkinson, from IL, was also wounded after trading fire with police.

The official was not authorized to discuss an investigation by name and spoke on condition of anonymity. Police say gunfire was reported at 7:09 a.m., and they arrived within three minutes.

Paul, who couldn't see the gunman from his position, said he believed the shooter reloaded, and he described the gun as sounding like an AR-15. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, two Capitol Police officers and Tyson Foods' Director of Government Relations Matt Mika were were also wounded in the shooting.

"I held a cloth over the wound to stop the bleeding as Brad was getting some kind of scissors device to cut through the trousers to try to have better access to Steve Scalise's wound and his hip", Brooks said. Rep. Roger Williams, R-TX, said Zack Barth, a legislative correspondent in his office, was among the people who were shot, but he is expected to make a full recovery.

"I was looking right at him", Bishop told Detroit radio station WWJ.

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"We were like sitting ducks in the dugout", he recalled.

"Scalise was on second base, and was crawling out, leaving trail of blood", said Brooks, R-Alabama. Republican Mo Brooks from Alabama told the United States news broadcaster that the Louisiana Congressman sustained "a hip wound".

Numberous media outlets are reporting the gunman who opened fire this morning wounding Majority Whip Steve Scalise and others has been idenntified as James T. Hodgkinson from Belleville, Ill. Before that, he was a member of the Louisiana House and the Louisiana Senate, serving from 1996 to 2008.

Representative Jeff Duncan said in a statement that he was at the practice and said "saw the shooter".

"Please pray for my colleagues", Mr Duncan said. "I was on deck about to hit batting practice on the third base side of home plate, and I hear a loud "bam, '" Brooks, who also said the shooter "appeared to be a white male", told CNN".

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