President Trump: Scalise a good friend and patriot

James Hodgkinson

A gunman opened fire on Republican members of Congress during a baseball practice near the U.S. capital, Washington early on Wednesday.

He told CNN the shooter looked like a "white male. middle aged. a little on the chubby side".

Mullin, who was in D.C. but not at the practice, said reports he's received indicate the shooter, based in part on his social media accounts, was "specifically targeting Republicans". "This morning the hearts of the whole House are with @SteveScalise, the courageous Capitol police, staff, and all those who were in harm's way", said House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), in a message posted to Twitter.

Everyone on that field is a public servant. As the gunman and Capitol Police exchanged gunfire, Flake took cover in the dugout.

'When I saw the news flash on the TV that Steve Scalise was shot, I've literally been in shock since.

Brooks said Scalise, the House Majority Whip from Louisiana, was hit in the hip, and about four other people were shot.

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Trump said earlier on Twitter that Scalise "was badly injured but will fully recover", calling him a "true friend and patriot". He and the Capitol police officers are receiving medical attention.

President Donald Trump will make a statement from the White House on Wednesday about the shooting of a top House Republican.

Williams said the Republican baseball team holds its practice every morning at 6:30 a.m.at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria, Virginia.

Sen. Rand Paul, who was among the lawmakers at the scene, said on MSNBC that the only reason Capitol Police were there was because Scalise is a House leader.

"Please keep the member of my staff and all members of the congressional baseball team in your thoughts (and) in your prayers during this extremely hard time", Williams stated via his Tweeter account. Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa said at a Wednesday morning news conference that none of the injuries were believed to be life-threatening.

Scalise, 51, is the House of Representatives Majority Whip and the third-ranking politician in the lower chamber of the US Congress.

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