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A witness who was nearby told reporters the scene was chaotic as police responded. "Their sacrifice makes democracy possible".

Trump also thanked the first responders from Alexandria police and fire rescue.

Scalise was taken into surgery Wednesday morning, according to Scalise's office.

"Finally, the shooter was shot behind home plate as he was circling around to the first base dugout where there were a number of U.S. congressmen and other folks", Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., told FMTALK1065.

At the Kansas capitol building, Capitol Police officers, part of the Kansas Highway Patrol, have "increased visibility" of the Statehouse, Lt. Terry Golightley said.

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"Please pray for my colleagues", Duncan said. "I know this House wants to state unequivocally that we are and ever awed by the tremendous bravery by the Capitol Police". The popular annual face-off was scheduled for Thursday evening at Nationals Park across the Potomac River in Washington.

The shots were reported on East Monroe Street in Del Ray, Alexandria police said on Twitter at 7.30 am.

Trump says he and the vice president are "deeply saddened" by the news of the shooting.

The gunman responsible for the GOP congressional baseball practice shooting has died, President Donald Trump said Wednesday.

"Congressman Scalise is a friend - a very good friend", Trump said, calling him a "patriot" and "a fighter".

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"A guy. walked up to us that was asking whether it was Republicans or Democrats out there", he said.

"Those two Capitol Police are unbelievable individuals", McCarthy said.

Texas Rep. Roger Williams says a member of his staff was also shot and was receiving medical attention. Two members of Congress said Hodgkins asked them whether the players on the field were Democrats or Republicans.

At which point, once we got the all clear that the shooter was down, we ran out to second base for Steve Scalise.

[Scalise] goes down but is moving, and is crawling towards the outfield ... "I am about to attend a classified security briefing to obtain more facts".

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) told the Associated Press that the gunman had "a rifle of some sort. a lot of ammo".

An aide for Wenstrup said he is unhurt, and that Wenstrup described the shooting as similar to "being in Iraq again, only without his weapon".

Brooks said the shooter appeared to be a white male but added that "I saw him for a second or two".

While practicing this morning for the Congressional Baseball game, a tradition since 1909, many Republican members of Congress and staffers were attacked by a gunman armed with a rifle and a handgun. Or does the shooter just advance and just come closer and shoot you?

At least five people were wounded, Brooks said, naming Scalise along with a congressional staff member, two law enforcement officers, and another officer who was either with the Capitol Police or Secret Service.

DeSantis said he did not know whether the man was the shooter.

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