Gunman wounds GOP congressman, then killed by police

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A government official says Hodgkinson is the suspect in the Virginia shooting that injured Rep. Steve Scalise and several others.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana was shot at a congressional baseball practice, congressional officials say. Federal law enforcement sources identified the shooter as James Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Illinois. "We are ever awed by the tremendous bravery of the Capitol police", said House Speaker Ryan following the shooting. "This morning the hearts of the whole House are with @SteveScalise, the fearless Capitol police, staff, and all those who were in harm's way", said House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), in a message posted to Twitter.

"Nobody would have survived without the Capitol Hill police", Paul said on CNN. "Had they not been there it would've been a massacre", Sen.

"Many lives would've 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", Trump said in the Diplomatic Room at the White House, announcing the gunman had died.

Brooks estimated that there were 50 to 100 shots fired.

Mo Brooks, a Republican congressman from Alabama, who was at the baseball practice, said two members of the security detail were also shot, according to NBC Washington.

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"If this had happened in Georgia, he wouldn't have gotten too far", Loudermilk told reporters Wednesday at the Capitol.

Update, 10:05 a.m.: The White House has canceled all of today's scheduled events and the House has canceled all votes.

"We are deeply saddened by this tragedy". "My first thoughts go to the heroism of the Capitol Police that were there and responding immediately in a manner that likely saved the lives of a number of people", Meehan said.

He adds, "Our thoughts and prayers are with him".

Scalise, a popular and gregarious lawmaker, is known for his love of baseball and handed out commemorative baseball bats to fellow lawmakers when he secured the No. 3 job of House whip several years ago. Neither was at the practice.

"I held a cloth over the wound to stop the bleeding as Brad was getting some kind of scissors device to cut through the trousers to try to have better access to Steve Scalise's wound and his hip", Brooks said.

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Brooks reportedly used a belt as a tourniquet to stop the bleeding of an aide who was shot in the leg. At the same time Steve Scalise over near second base scream, he was shot. "The gunman was over by the third base dugout with a clear view of the field", Sen.

"The gun was a semiautomatic", Brooks said, adding that he was sure it was a rifle but unsure what kind. "We will continue our work in behalf of the American people", Pittenger said. "You can imagine all the people in the field scatter".

Witness Katie Filous said she heard more than 20 shots while walking her dogs near the playing field.

Davis, who was at bat at the time of the shooting, said he hopes Wednesday marks a turning point in how lawmakers engage in the future.

A police officer was hit by the gunman after he got out of a parked auto and drew a handgun, according to Filous.

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