Trump to address GOP baseball shooting from White House


In a dramatic blow-by-blow account, Representative Mo Brooks of Alabama told CNN the gunman was armed with a rifle and appeared to be a white male, "a little bit on the chubby side".

The two Capitol Police officers and the congressional aide, identified as Zach Barth of the office of Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas, are also said to be in good condition.

Rep. Mike Bishop, R-Mich, said Scalise was standing on second base when he was shot.

"We were on the field doing batting practice and all of a sudden heard a loud shot, sounded a lot like a gun, but we weren't sure", Flake said.

"Our courageous Capitol Hill police performed a challenging job with incredible skill". He continued, "I wanted to get to Steve Scalise, laying out there in the field, but while there were bullets flying overhead, I couldn't".

On Twitter, he described Mr Scalise as "a true friend and patriot" who was "badly injured but will fully recover".

President Donald Trump said the shooter, 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson, died from his injuries after he was taken into custody.

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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. It's unclear which victim is the one MedStar says is in "good condition".

Governor Doug Ducey: "Thoughts and prayers for @SteveScalise + all affected in senseless event this morning".

"Please keep the member of my staff and all members of the congressional baseball team in your thoughts (and) in your prayers during this extremely hard time", Williams stated via his Tweeter account.

The attacker fired at lawmakers practising near Washington for a charity baseball game, wounding senior Republican leader Steve Scalise and several others before being fatally shot by police. "I'm so grateful for Capitol Police's quick response", said Murphy.

U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) called the incident "beyond disturbing", and credited police officers for saving lives at the scene.

The Congressional Baseball Game is scheduled to be played Thursday night at Nationals Park in Washington.