Cellphone video captures sounds of gunfire when Republican Congressional members were ambushed

Cellphone video captures sounds of gunfire when Republican Congressional members were ambushed

It was a harrowing day for the congressman, who was practicing for the congressional baseball game Wednesday morning when a lone gunman opened fire on the practice field in Virginia.

Trump later visited the hospital where Scalise was recovering.

Two Capitol Police officers also were injured during a shootout in which the suspected gunman, James T. Hodgkinson, of Belleville, Illinois, was killed. President Trump announced Hodgkinson died from his injuries.

Hodgkinson was 66 years old, according to multiple sources online. Mike Crapo. "I also commend and thank the men and women of the U.S. Capitol Police".

"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", Trump said.

The shooting took place at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in the Del Ray neighbourhood of Alexandria, across the Potomac River from Washington. A helicopter arrived to medevac at least one victim.

While police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation said it was too early to determine whether it was a deliberate political attack, the shooting intensified concerns among some politicians and the public about the sharp divide and bitter rhetoric in US politics.

Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent in charge Tim Slater said it was "too early to say" whether it was an act of terrorism, or whether Scalise was targeted.

At some point, Flake says, it seemed that the shooter dropped his rifle and began using a handgun.

As majority whip, Scalise is the third-ranking Republican in the House.

Earlier Wednesday, Trump called for unity across party lines during a subdued statement from the White House.

Scalise's office said the 51-year-old was "in good spirits" before entering surgery, although the hospital later updated his status to critical.

Scalise was in critical condition Wednesday night.

Shots rang out for more than four minutes in Nathan's video.

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The gunman shot Scalise, R-La., in the hip area, Brooks said. Brooks used his belt as a tourniquet for a bleeding staffer who was shot in the leg. "They're the real heroes and they are the reason we don't have many more casualties there today", Doyle said.

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik was in a auto on her way to a meeting Wednesday when she heard Rep. Steve Scalise had been shot.

Texas representative Roger Williams also reported that a member of his staff was shot at the practice.

During a speech to Congress on Wednesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan said that "an attack on one of us is an attack on all of us".

Colleagues said Scalise had been fielding balls at second base at a local park in Alexandria, just across the Potomac River from the nation's capital, as the Republicans practiced for their annual game with Democrats.

That resident, Benjamin Childers, added, "We had three members of Congress [who] took shelter in our apartment". "Our thoughts and prayers are with him", Trump tweeted.

"It's one of the better bipartisan things so to decide to shoot up a bipartisan game that actually raises $600,000 the Boys and Girls Club of DC is kind of a insane notion", he said. "It makes you feel vulnerable", said Rep. Patrick Meehan, R-Pa., a pitcher on the baseball team.

Several Democrats were practicing at a different field when they heard the news, and immediately gathered to pray for their wounded colleague.

"This morning's events are best categorized as cowardly acts of violence targeted at Members of Congress", Hollingsworth said in the release.

"He was very calm", she said.

This is adeveloping story.

"Things have gotten out of hand", Barletta said.

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