GOP baseball shooter is dead

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The shooting happened Wednesday morning during practice for a congressional charity baseball game.

A security detail from the United States Capitol Police was on the scene and exchanged gunfire with the assailant, later identified by law enforcement officials as James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill.

Steve Scalise is the third-highest ranked member of the Republican leadership in the House and has the hard job of trying to keep order in the fractious party ranks and rounding up votes for bills.

Members of Congress were practising for a game that was scheduled for Thursday night at Nationals Park, CNN reported.

A statement from the politician's office confirmed that he was one of those injured in the attack. Several other people were also wounded, including law enforcement officers and a congressional aid. He was undergoing surgery at a hospital and was in stable condition. He was shot in the hip, and his injuries were not life-threatening.

The gunman is in custody.

One congressman was shot in the hip.

Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-WI) told Wisconsin's WTMJ that he believed the shooting "could have been much worse" if Scalise had not been there, due to the security detail that protects him.

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Five people including the House Majority Whip Steve Scalise were shot at a GOP baseball practice match at 6:30 am on Wednesday morning.

Sen. Rand Paul, who was among the lawmakers at the scene, said on MSNBC that the only reason Capitol Police were there was because Scalise is a House leader.

Scalise, 51, was shot by an unknown man armed with a rifle during the practice of the a Republican baseball team at a field in Alexandria, Virginia early on Wednesday.

A statement issued by President Donald Trump said the situation was being monitored.

He also announced that the gunman was dead, and praised the Capitol cops, who took down the gunman, an anti-Trump zealot, according to his Facebook page. Five wounded people were being taken to area hospitals for treatment, the police said.

'We are deeply saddened by this tragedy. "Praying for him, Capitol Police and the others injured as this horrific news comes in", tweeted Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-WI).

"Many lives would have been lost if not for the heroic actions of the two Capital Police officers", President Trump said of Virginia shooting.

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