Congressional baseball going on as scheduled after shooting; Scalise in critical condition

Hodgkinson's Facebook page, still available early this morning (AEST), is peppered with diatribes against President Trump and Republicans.

Members of Congress were practicing for a charity baseball game that was scheduled for Thursday night at Nationals Park. Barton had arrived at the US Capitol still wearing his red baseball uniform.

Alexandria Police Chief Michael Brown described the scene to reporters as "not only chaotic" but also "a combat situation". One lawmaker said the baseball team members would have been sitting ducks had the gunman been able to make it onto the field.

"I have not experienced any increase in threats", said Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Western Springs.

Scalise was in critical condition after surgery, according to So Young Pak, spokeswoman for MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

"He then proceeded to go behind third-base dugout, it looked like there was a couple weapons - long-range rifles", Walker said, "And he first fired at our third baseman Trent Kelly from MS, he missed [him.] But Trent is a former colonel in the U.S. Army, and that's when he screamed 'shooter.; The guys were trying to make it to the first base dugout, but that's when the second shot rang out and hit Steve Scalise, our third baseman and Whip, third in charge of the Republican Congress". He also thanked the first responders.

"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", Trump said, calling for the nation to put politics aside. I think the security detail save a lot of lives because they attacked the shooter.

Scalise was felled by a bullet to the hip as he fielded grounders at second base, witnesses said. Then the aide and the lobbyist were struck as the gunman moved methodically around the fence and toward the home-plate backstop. One Capitol Hill police officer also suffered a gunshot wound and another officer suffered a non-gunshot injury.

On her front porch just across the street from the field, Reba Winstead heard a dozen shots. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said the officers "went out into the fire to draw the fire". Scalise was brought to the hospital in "shock", the statement said. The hospital tweeted that Scalise remained in critical condition. President Donald Trump said the gunman had been killed.

Ryan condemned the shooting and praised the Capitol Police on the House floor later Wednesday. "We said the our father and prayed that our friend, Steve, and that all the officers in the house aid would be okay". "He underwent immediate surgery, and an additional procedure to stop bleeding". John Kennedy explained. "I hope to God that the FBI investigates it, the Secret Service, and they find out it's not true".

When the gunfire popped in the northern Virginia baseball diamond Wednesday morning, Senator Jeff Flake took cover in the first base dugout as he watched a congressional colleague bleeding in the field.

Williams, the team coach, told reporters he was hitting ground balls when he heard what sounded like a auto engine backfiring.

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