Man who shot top Republican leader dies in shootout with police

Man who shot top Republican leader dies in shootout with police

A top House Republican, Steve Scalise of Louisiana, was shot by a rifle-wielding gunman Wednesday at a congressional baseball practice just outside of Washington.

During the internal exchange of fire, two US Capitol Police officers were also wounded by the suspected shooter.

Michigan Congressman Mike Bishop said Scalise was standing on second base - located relatively in the middle of the field - when the gunman opened fire.

In a message directed to Rep. Steve Scalise, the Louisiana Republican wounded in the attack, Trump said: "America is praying for you, and America is praying for all of the victims of this bad shooting".

Officials believe Hodgkinson was targeting members of Congress. Media outlets are reporting that law enforcement is examining his supposed anti-Trump posts online.

Trump said earlier on Twitter that Scalise "was badly injured but will fully recover", calling him a "true friend and patriot".

House of Representatives Majority Whip Steve Scalise has been shot during a baseball training (file photo). "And then he shot again and I started running in and I saw Scalise go down".

He said that police received a call about an active shooter situation around 7 a.m. local time (11:00 UTC/GMT).

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

Two capitol police officers were wounded in the shooting, authorities said.

Sen. Flake also said he has already reached out to give well wishes to the Scalise family.

The shooting happened as Republican members of Congress were getting ready for the annual Congressional Baseball Game, which was scheduled for Thursday in Washington.

"After the first shot, then there was a rapid succession of shots, five or 10 shots", said Paul, who was in a right field batting cage when shots first rang out.

He said there were 20 to 25 members of team at the practice in Alexandria, Virginia, when the gunfire erupted.

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