Gunman who shot Republican congressman Steve Scalise supported Bernie Sanders' campaign

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The 66-year-old IL man who opened fire early Wednesday on members of Congress practicing for a charity baseball game, raged against President Trump and once singled out House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who was wounded in the attack.

U.S. Capitol Police say the officers wounded while responding to the shooting of a congressman are expected to survive.

Rep Steve Scalise, Republican, Louisiana, House Majority Whip and third in leadership. "Our thoughts and prayers are with him", Trump tweeted.

Scalise, the majority "whip" in the House, was in stable condition after being shot in the hip and was undergoing surgery at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, his office said in a statement.

Flake said two members of Scalise's security detail were wounded, and another man was wounded in the chest.

We also commend the courageous first responders from Alexandria Police Fire and Rescue, who rushed to the scene.

Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who was present, offered a harrowing account to MSNBC. "Thank you to the Capitol Police officers who demonstrated incredible courage, and by their quick action saved lives", he said. "I held a cloth over the wound to stop the bleeding as Brad was getting some kind of scissors device to cut through the trousers to try to have better access to Steve Scalise's wound and his hip".

Rep. Jeff Duncan said in a statement that he was at the practice and "saw the shooter".

Police have one person in custody.

It also highlights their vulnerability when they are in public. A government official says Hodgkinson is the suspect in the Virginia shooting that injured Rep. Steve Scalise and several others.

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The shots stopped at one point, as if the gunman was reloading, but more shots rang out shortly after the pause, Paul said.

"My prayers are with [Scalise] and all of the others who were injured this morning", he wrote.

The FBI has taken control of the crime scene, which is located some 7 miles away from the White House in Washington, D.C.

U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman said he was not at the practice.

Please take a moment today to cherish those you love and always remember those who serve and keep us safe.

A prominent politician was among several people hit: senior congressional Republican Steve Scalise, who fell to the ground near second base and crawled toward the outfield in search of safety.

Katie Filous was walking her two dogs near the field when she heard "a lot of shots, probably more than 20".

"Five people were transported medically from the scene", Alexandria police chief Michael Brown told a press conference.

Besides wounding Scalise and the two officers, an aide, Zachary Barth, and a lobbyist, Matt Mika, were also hurt by the gunman, who has since died. Seemed like a long time and we weren't even hearing sirens from local police officers, which tells me they probably did not yet know what was going on.

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