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GOP congressman, Capitol police, others wounded in shooting; gunman dead

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Police in Alexandria, VA. say five people were shot during a congressional baseball practice. T. Hodgkinson, a resident of IL.

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Republican Majority Whip Steve Scalise, the party's number three in the House of Representatives, suffered a hip injury in the early morning ambush.

The moment suspected gunman James T. Hodgkinson opened fire at a group of Republican lawmakers practicing for a charity baseball game on Wednesday morning was captured on video by a man walking his dog.

Scalise underwent surgery and is in critical condition. Two members of Congress said Hodgkins asked them whether the players on the field were Democrats or Republicans. "He is grateful for the fearless actions of U.S. Capitol Police, first responders, and colleagues".

President Donald Trump also praised the reactions of the emergency services during an address to the country from the Diplomatic Room of the White House.

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Five people, including Scalise, were wounded before the shooter was neutralized. A spokesperson for Scalise said he was "stable" and undergoing surgery.

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"My thoughts and prayers are with him, his family and all the other victims, including the Capitol police, who are true and courageous professionals who put their lives on the line every day".

Katko acknowledged that he has received violent threats since the presidential election, but he said it's his policy not to provide details.

In a show of bipartisan unity, Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan said in the House: "An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us".

Capitol Hill and Alexandria police officers are being hailed as heroes who rushed to the scene within minutes and took down the gunman.

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

Members of Congress were practicing for a charity baseball game that was scheduled for Thursday night at Nationals Park. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which started its Spring general meeting on Wednesday, began with a prayer for the victims of the baseball shooting, as well as the recent violence in London.

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