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Hodgkinson, who spent most of his life in the community of 42,000 just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis, 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.

The shooter, identified as James Hodgkinson of IL, was also taken to a hospital where he died from gunshot wounds.

"It's not easy when you see people around you being shot and you don't have a weapon yourself", Brooks said.

Scalise, R-La., was among those shot, NBC News confirmed.

Senate leaders began their session Wednesday with prayers for Scalise, the Capitol Police officers who were wounded, and the other victims. He reportedly underwent surgery earlier this morning.

"I commend the heroic officers of the Capitol Police and the Alexandria Police Department". "We are ever awed by the tremendous bravery of the Capitol police", said House Speaker Ryan following the shooting.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe, also speaking at the press conference, said state officials had no prior warning of any threat before the shooting. Richmond played baseball in college and kicked off his congressional career with a one-hitter in 2011 and has been the game's dominant player pretty much since then. Two U.S. Capitol Police officers were shot and are in stable condition.

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Scalise was able to speak with his wife on the phone before surgery.

"You never expect a baseball field in America to feel like being back in a combat zone in Iraq, but this morning it did", wrote Wenstrup, a congressman from Ohio.

A gunman opened fire on a Republican congressional team practice Wednesday and at least one congressman was wounded, authorities said.

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

Shortly afterward, Brooks said, he heard "loud explosions and I look up and there is a guy with a gun about 5 feet above me, shooting - and at first you don't know if that's a second shooter, but it turned out to be one of our guys".

Wittman represents the 1st District of Virginia. The House Natural Resources Federal Lands Subcommittee also canceled a scheduled meeting to debate gun legislation.

The shooting occurred at a popular park and baseball complex where Republican lawmakers and others were gathered for a morning practice about 7 a.m.

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"Melania and I are grateful for their heroism", he said, referring to First Lady Melania Trump, "and praying for the swift recovery of all victims". "Virginia public safety officials are coordinating with local responders and we will continue to monitor this situation and make every resource available". A congressional staffer, Zach Barth, was also injured.

U.S. Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa said late Wednesday afternoon that the agency will continue to deploy "a robust and visible presence across the Capitol Complex, and monitor national and world events to provide the level of security required to protect the U.S. Capitol and Members of Congress".

"There must have been 50 to 100 shots fired". LaVor saw Scalise go down, then a Capitol police officer.

Brooks said the shooter said nothing during the rampage.

The shooting took place at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park, in the Del Ray section of Alexandria about seven miles from the Capitol. "'That's the Republicans practicing", Duncan told reporters.

The shooting happened in the 400 block of E. Monroe Street. He dragged himself away from the infield leaving a trail of blood before fellow lawmakers could rush to his assistance. Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation said it was too early to determine a motive in the shooting or whether the attack was an attempted political assassination.

All Alexandria schools are now on lock down, according to police, and classes are continuing as normal.

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Capitol Police officer Crystal Griner, who was shot in the ankle, as well as Griner's wife and colleagues who were visiting her. Alexandria police arrived at 7:12 a.m., about three minutes after the first emergency phone call reporting an active shooter.

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