Congressman among four people shot at baseball field in Alexandria, VA

House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise on Capitol Hill in 2015

Scalise, a representative from the southern state of Louisiana elected to Congress in 2008, heads the conservative House caucus known as the Republican Study Committee.

Trump described Scalise as a "very good friend", a "patriot" and a "fighter", telling him: "America is praying for you and America is praying for all of the victims of this bad shooting".

The FBI has responded to the scene and is leading the investigation.

Shortly after the shooting, Bernie Sanders, the former candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, said on the Senate floor that the shooter apparently was a volunteer for his campaign past year.

"I felt I was back in Iraq but without my weapon", he told Fox News.

Lawmakers, in the wake of the shooting, have called for a ratcheting down of political rhetoric.

Sanders swiftly responded to reports the suspect had volunteered on his presidential campaign.

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Court records show that Hodgkinson's legal trouble started in the 1990s with arrests for resisting police and drunken driving. Let me be as clear as I can be. He denounced the violence "in the strongest possible terms".

Hodgkinson compared the economic conditions of the time to those that preceded the Great Depression and excoriated Congress for not increasing the number of tax brackets and taking other tax reform measures.

Dozens of GOP congressman had gathered in the park in Alexandria for a final practice before Thursday night's scheduled game between Republicans and Democrats at Nationals Park. Mo Brooks, a Republican Congressman from Alabama who was reportedly one of the first to reach Scalise, was still wearing his batting glove.

Scalise is the first member of Congress to be shot since former Arizona Rep.

Alexandria Police officials tweeted that the shooting occurred in the 400 block of East Monroe Street. The gunman later died of his injuries.

President Trump expressed his thoughts on the shooting.

Trump added, "We may have our differences, but we do well in times like these to remember that everyone who serves in our nation's capital is here because above all, they love our country". I pray for all of you. He said the shooting is an opportunity for unity.

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"It would have been a massacre".

Representative Joe Barton, who was at the scene, told reporters the gunman was a middle-aged man who appeared to be white and was wearing blue jeans and a blue shirt.

Phelps said she learned Davis was all right through a staffer for the GOP lawmaker who helps run the congressional baseball practices.

"This morning is the most sobering a reminder of how thankful we should be for the service of the Capitol Police force, who put their lives on the line day-in and day-out for us to be safe".

Among the victims was House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, a good man whom I had the opportunity of meeting and getting to know several years ago.

"Prior to entering surgery, the Whip was in good spirits and spoke to his wife by phone", the statement said.

Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., tweeted, "We will play for charity, but also for the victims & the heroic officers who took down the shooter".

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The NRA's slogan, that "the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun", deserves rethinking. Green said his office got threatening phone calls after he called for President Donald Trump to be impeached.

Before becoming majority whip, Scalise was chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee, which includes more than 170 conservative lawmakers.

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