Shooting in Washington DC: House Majority Whip and aides hit by gunfire

He said he then heard Scalise scream that he was shot. According to the Associated Press, who cited a government official, the suspected gunman has been identified as James Hodgkinson. He continued, "Authorities are continuing to investigate the crime and the assailant has now died from his injuries".

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Alexandria police report that a total of five victims were transported to hospitals. More than 50 shots were fired, according to CBS News.

An apparent eyewitness said on Twitter that gunfire rang out at the YMCA baseball fields, by the Eugene Simpson Stadium Park. Officials said several other people, including members of Scalise's security team, were also wounded. The audio recording, with portions trimmed of dead air, runs for about 10 minutes.

The Washington Post reports that George Washington University Hospital has two patients, both of whom were involved with the shooting, in critical condition.

Capitol Police at the Kansas Statehouse have also increased security related to the shooting.

Mr Brooks said two law enforcement officers were believed to be among the others shot.

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Capitol Police chief Matthew Verderosa said during a news conference that the wounded officers are in good condition and had injuries not considered life-threatening.

After the shots subsided, he and others at the scene attempted to tend to Scalise's wound, while Brooks took off his belt and used it as a tourniquet for a bleeding staffer who had been shot in the leg.

Ms Filous said she saw the shooter hit a uniformed law enforcement officer, who she said was later evacuated by helicopter.

Trump tweeted that Scalise was badly injured but will make a full recovery.

The Vice President and I are aware of the shooting incident in Virginia and are monitoring developments closely.

The game began in 1909 by Rep. John Tener of Pennsylvania, who once played pro baseball for the Baltimore Orioles, among other teams. But we thank U.S. Capitol Police and first responders for their swift and fearless actions.

Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas is placed into an ambulance at the scene of a shooting at a baseball field in Alexandria, Va., Wednesday, June 14, 2017. CNN has reached out to Capitol Hill police for details. One of his staffers, as well as a few Capitol Police officers, were injured as well.

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