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Congressmen at baseball shooting credit 'heroic behavior' Capitol Hill police

15 Juin 2017

Two law enforcement sources told CNN the shooter, who is in police custody, has been taken to a hospital.

A Washington hospital says the congressman shot during a baseball practice is in critical condition following surgery. President Trump said during a press conference Wednesday morning that Hodgkinson died of his injuries.

"One of our security detail was shooting back, but it was our pistol versus the shooter's rifle", Brooks said. Barton said he did not see much more of the shooting because he was taking cover to protect his young son, who was also there. "It sounds absolutely terrible", said Murphy, who was not at practice because the two teams practice at different facilities.

"He had a lot of ammo", Flake said, adding that he believed the shooter was using a rifle. Just as he reached first base Pearce, says he heard gunfire.

As NPR's Jessica Taylor reports from the neighborhood: "This is people going about their normal mornings, probably not even knowing that there were members of Congress that were practicing a few blocks down the road here". Law enforcement officials say he opened fire at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, shortly after 7 a.m. Wednesday. "He had a lot of ammo". Scalise was coherent the whole time, Flake said. Some Capitol Police officers were also at the scene.

"It was at least 10 minutes with dozens and dozens and dozens of rounds fired by the gunman", Flake said. Five were injured by the gunman, including both officers and Scalise. "And then Scalise's security detail said the guy was moving around that side".

"I just didn't want her to wake up and learn the news", Mr Flake said.

Brooks said that Scalise, 51, was down on the ground with what Brooks described as "a hip wound". The Alabama lawmaker said he colleague "crawled into the outfield, leaving a trail of blood". "They put him in handcuffs", Conaway said. Williams tweeted Barth was "receiving medical attention but is doing well and is expected to make a full recovery".

He paid tribute to Capitol Police for their response to the shooting, and said his "hopes and prayers" are with House GOP Whip Steve Scalise and others who were wounded.

Witnesses, including as many as 22 members of Congress who were at the field for the early morning practice, described a terrifying scene, with the gunman reloading while standing on the field and the wounded congressman "screaming for help".

"My thoughts and prayers are with my colleague @SteveScalise, those injured, and their families".

With two Capitol Police officers, Crystal Griner and David Bailey, taking bullets while defending members of Congress and their staff, Barton said organizers chose to add an additional charity to the list of those the game would benefit: The Fallen Officers Fund. It was not immediately clear whether it would go on as scheduled.

Congressmen at baseball shooting credit 'heroic behavior' Capitol Hill police