Top GOP lawmaker wounded; gunfire at baseball practice

Multiple law enforcement agencies are working the riot

Multiple law enforcement agencies are working the riot

Five people are recovering after a man with a rifle opened fire Wednesday morning on members of Congress practicing for a charity baseball game. Rep. Steve Scalise, Rep. Roger Williams' staffer Zachary Barth, Matt Mika and Capitol Police Special Agents David Bailey and Crystal Griner were all wounded in the torrent of gunfire, but not before Bailey and Griner, along with the Alexandria Police Department, fought back.

In a closed-door, all-member House briefing Wednesday morning, Rep. Al Green, a Democrat from Texas who has called for Trump's impeachment on the House floor, rose to say "an attack on one is an attack on all".

To update us on the latest developments, we're joined now by Jessica Taylor, lead digital political reporter for NPR, who has been on the scene all morning.

Mr Scalise voted along with other House Republicans in January to reverse a federal rule aimed at preventing people with serious mental-health problems from buying guns.

The Congressional Baseball Game will go as planned Thursday at Nationals Park after Democrats and Republicans called for bipartisan unity in the wake of the congressional baseball practice shooting.

"He entered the room, spoke with Scalise's family and sat by his bedside with Mrs. Trump", said White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. Another staff member with a leg wound who was shot in the field made it to the dugout. and we. got a belt and put pressure on his wound. An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us.

After the shooting in Alexandria, Virginia, where congressional leaders were practicing for an upcoming charity event, eastern North Carolina representatives said they are shocked and saddened by what happened.

"All of a sudden we heard a very loud shot". "We can all agree that we are blessed to be Americans". He plays shortstop for the Democratic congressional baseball team.

During President Trump's statement on the incident, he said, "Many lives would have been lost if not for the heroic actions of the two Capitol Police officers who took down the gunman despite sustaining gunshot wounds during a very, very brutal assault". And Steve Scalise went down - and dragged himself off of the infield into the outfield, about 10 or 15 yards, and was laying motionless out there.

Wednesday's attack was the first shooting of a member of Congress since January 2011, when Democratic Rep.

Lawmakers took cover in the dugout.

Scalise was shot in the hip and is now in stable condition at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C., where he underwent surgery.

"I'm not issued a detail", Crowley said.

"Everyone on that field is a public servant - our courageous police, our congressional aides who work so tirelessly behind the scenes with enormous devotion, and our dedicated members of Congress who represent our people", Trump 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. "Then finally we heard the response from the Capitol Hill police".

Initial reports said that as many as 50 shots had been fired, but Flake said, "50 would be an understatement".

JEFF DUNCAN: As we were walking through the parking lot to our auto, we were approached by a gentleman who asked if the team on the field was the Republican or the Democrat team. They were unable to get to him for several minutes.

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    Mr Trump announced the gunman's death and called Mr Scalise, a 51-year-old Louisiana congressman, a good friend. A congressional aide and a lobbyist were also wounded.

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