Rep. Steve Scalise Is in Critical Condition Following Surgery

The 66-year-old had been staying in the van since March, the Federal Bureau of Investigation 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.

U.S. politician Steve Scalise has been shot at Republican baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia.

Authorities say the congressman, two Capitol Police officers, Matt Mika - a former congressional staffer who now works as a lobbyist for Tyson Foods - and Zachary Barth, a staffer for Rep. Roger Williams, were among the victims wounded in the shooting. Congressional and law enforcement sources described it as a "deliberate attack".

The conservative from the southern state of Louisiana is a firm supporter of USA gun rights.

Some of Hodgkinson's social media posts lashed out at President Donald Trump.

Scalise has been a strong opponent of gun control measures.

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It is too early in this attempt at mass murder to know much about this murderer - now confirmed dead, and identified as James T. Hodgkinson - his mental state or why he chose to do evil. He had worked as a home inspector.

"As with any constitutional provision in the bill of rights, there are adverse aspects to each of those rights that we enjoy as people", he said. It's got to stop.

Brooks said lawmakers understand there are people out there who want to do them harm but he stressed that the danger of serving in the Capitol is something that "goes with the job". "He's a patriot. And he's a fighter".

"I saw this after 9/11 and it didn't last as long as it should have", the NY congressman said, adding that he encouraged the unity that House leaders on both sides called for in the wake of the shooting. The House's top Democrat Nancy Pelosi echoed Ryan's message.

The unannounced visit to MedStar Washington Hospital Center came hours after Scalise emerged from surgery after he was injured during a shooting at a Congressional Baseball Game practice in Alexandria, Va.

"We have a bond beyond just the managers of the baseball teams", Barton said, adding that members should meet to discuss the issue of partisan rancor "because what happened this morning was unconscionable".

The popular annual face-off, which raises money for charity, is scheduled for Thursday evening at Nationals Park across the Potomac River in Washington, and will take place as planned.

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Members of Congress echoed that sentiment in interviews with Mic, noting how the attack motivated introspection about the heated rhetoric that often flies between Republicans and Democrats. The man thanked him.

Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., said in a tweet that he was practicing with the Democratic congressional team in Washington D.C.at the time of the shooting. DeSantis gave a similar account.

"He says that "violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms".

Ryan, the House speaker, is reviewing rules on how rank-and-file lawmakers can increase their personal security, including questions about paying for additional protection through member accounts and campaign funds, according to several lawmakers.

"It's OK", a reporter told him.

"My family and I will be forever grateful". "I think most Democrats would tell you that they like Steve Scalise very much".

Brooks said he and a few others took cover behind the batting cage tarp before scurrying to the other side of the field and diving into the first-base dugout for cover, where Brooks and a staffer unlooped their belts and applied a tourniquet to one of the staffers who'd been shot in the leg.

Congressman among four people shot at baseball field in Alexandria, VA
Court records show that Hodgkinson's legal trouble started in the 1990s with arrests for resisting police and drunken driving. Alexandria Police officials tweeted that the shooting occurred in the 400 block of East Monroe Street.

Senator Rand Paul, who was at the baseball practice, told Fox News: "Without the Capitol Hill police returning fire, it would have been a massacre". "We are out there at a baseball field in Alexandria totally exposed. Those aren't good odds", Brooks said. She survived, but six people were killed.

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