Conservative lawmaker known for love of baseball

UNITED STATES- JANUARY 08 A woman declining to be identified delivers flowers to the Longworth office of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords D-Ariz. who is recovering from surgery after being shot in the head at a public event in Tucson Ariz. Eighteen people

A woman delivers flowers to the Longworth office of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords D-Ariz

President Donald Trump said he was "deeply saddened by this tragedy" and was monitoring developments. Federal law enforcement sources identified the shooter as James Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Illinois. Scalise was among five people who were sent to the hospital.

Meehan, who told reporters Scalise's security detail consists of two people and they usually sit in the stands on the first base side, said he had never felt unsafe there before. Many included complaints about income inequality, the AP reported.

As of 9:45 a.m. ET, Scalise was in stable condition but undergoing surgery, according to a statement from his office. "I am so grateful for the heroic action of the Capitol Hill Police Force protection detail and pray for the full recovery of my roommate Congressman Steve Scalise and others wounded this morning". "He's a patriot. And he's a fighter. America is praying for you and America is praying for all of the victims of this awful shooting".

The shooting took place at around 7:00 am (1100 GMT) as the Republican team practiced for the charity game, a well-loved showdown between Senate and House members of both the Republican and Democratic camps.

There is no known motive for the shooting right now, but the Alexandria Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are on scene investigating.

In 1958, the game had temporarily been put to a halt because it had become "too physical", so clearly the game can mimic the floor of congress from time to time.

In the wake of a shooting that occurred at a GOP baseball practice Wednesday morning, local representatives are speaking out.

Congress members helped apply a tourniquet to the injured leg of Zachary Barth, legislative correspondent for Rep. Roger Williams of Texas, as the shooting continued.

Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., said the baseball practice session was nearly over when the shooting occurred on the field, he said.

Hodgkinson's instrument of choice to inflict terror was a military-style assault rifle and handgun.

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Barton said the shooting lasted 5-10 minutes, and there were dozens or more of shots fired. Lawmakers, staff members and even the young son of one of the members ran for cover, jumping into dugouts and over fences to avoid the gunshots.

"The thin blue line held today", Williams, who was grounding balls near first and second base at the time of the shooting, said.

Two Capitol police officers who were at the scene to provide security for the lawmakers engaged the gunman with pistols, Brooks said, adding both the officers were wounded.

He also said that lawmakers and others were lucky that Capitol Police were at the scene.

"Had they not been there, it would have been a massacre", Sen.

"It tells you how much we share", he said, fighting back tears.

Police said the shooting suspect was in custody and "not a threat".

"Those two Capitol Police are unbelievable individuals", McCarthy said.

Lawmakers noted their good fortune in having armed protectors on hand - "Thank God", they exclaimed over and over - and said otherwise the shooter would have been able to take a huge deadly toll.

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