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President Trump says assailant in Scalise shooting has died, congressman in stable condition

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Suspect: James T. Hodgkinson Suspect: James T. Hodgkinson

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on the shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (all times local):
    
1:10 p.m.
    
George Washington University Hospital says one of the two patients it was treating following the shooting at a congressional baseball practice has died while the other remains in critical condition.
    
Hospital spokeswoman Susan Griffiths did not identify either patient, but President Donald Trump had just announced that the shooter had died of his injuries.
    
Louisiana congressman Steve Scalise underwent surgery for a gunshot to the hip and was in stable condition.
    
Capitol Police officers who were in his security detail had wounded the shooter. Two of those officers also were wounded and both were expected to recover.
    
The fifth person wounded in the shooting in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday morning was a former congressional aide, who now works for Tysons Food.
    
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1:05 p.m.
    
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is calling a shooting at a congressional baseball practice a "senseless and cowardly attack."
    
Rosenstein says in a statement that his thoughts are with the victims and their families, and he is praying for their swift recovery. He says the Justice Department will provide resources for a thorough investigation.
    
Five people, including the suspected shooter, were hit. President Donald Trump said the attacker died later.
    
Rosenstein says police officers who responded to the attack are "heroic" and "their willingness to risk their lives to keep us safe is humbling and inspiring."
    
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1:00 p.m.
    
A Texas congressman says the gunman who shot Louisiana Republican Steve Scalise at baseball practice had first fired at another Republican lawmaker and missed.
    
Republican Joe Barton witnessed the shootings that wounded Scalise and several others.
    
Barton told reporters Wednesday that the gunman first fired shots at Mississippi Republican congressman Trent Kelly and missed before shooting Scalise. He says Kelly was playing third base. Scalise, who was shot in the hip, was playing second.
    
Kelly said on Twitter that he is safe.
    
Mississippi's two other Republican congressmen - Steven Palazzo and Gregg Harper - also say they are safe.
    
Palazzo is on the Republican baseball team but was not at practice because he was doing a radio interview.
    
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12:40 p.m.
    
House Speaker Paul Ryan has told his fellow lawmakers that "an attack on one of us is an attack on all of us."
    
The Wisconsin Republican praised the efforts of Capitol police officers and other law enforcement.
    
Ryan addressed the House in the wake of Wednesday's shooting at a practice of lawmakers for the annual charity congressional baseball game.
    
Ryan said, "these were our brothers and sisters in the line of fire."
    
Ryan received a standing ovation as lawmakers in both parties came to the House chamber as a show of unity.
    
Ryan said implored lawmakers in both parties "to resolve to come together to lift each other up and to show the country, show the world that we are one House, the people's House, united in our humanity."
    
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12:20 p.m.
    
Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders says the man authorities identified as opening fire on the Republican congressional baseball practice had apparently volunteered on his presidential campaign.
    
Sanders, an independent from Vermont who ran for president, says in a statement: "I am sickened by this despicable act."
    
He says that "violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms."
    
He paid tribute to Capitol Police for their response to the shooting, and said his prayers are with House GOP Whip Steve Scalise and others who were wounded.
    
Sanders challenged Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination in the 2016 presidential election.
    
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12:15 p.m.
    
Republican Rep. Jeff Duncan says he suspects he spoke with the man who minutes later opened fire on the congressional baseball practice.
    
Duncan, of South Carolina, says he gave a description of the man to Alexandria police that "fits the picture that's being shown on TV."
    
Duncan says he was preparing to leave the baseball practice when the man approached him and asked: "Excuse me, sir, who's practicing today? Democrats or Republicans?'"
    
Duncan said he replied it was the Republican team, and the man thanked him and turned around. Nothing about the man "struck me as being out of the ordinary."
    
Duncan says he left the field at 7:02 a.m. and had no idea there had been a shooting.
    
He said he has no doubt the man he spoke with was the shooter, based on photos he's seen.
    
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12:12 p.m.
    
Rep. Martha McSally says the congressional baseball game will take place as scheduled Thursday night.
    
McSally says House Speaker Paul Ryan made the announcement, just hours after a gunman opened fire early Wednesday on members of Congress who were practicing outside Washington D.C. for the charity baseball game. McSally says the announcement was met with a standing ovation.
    
McSally, a Republican from Arizona, says "we can't let anyone stop us from doing our work and from standing together."
   
11:52 a.m.
    
President Donald Trump is calling for unity after a shooting that injured a top House Republican leader.
    
Trump says in a televised statement from the White House that while the political parties may have their differences, it's worth remembering that everyone who serves in Washington is here because they love the United States.
    
Trump says everyone can agree that we are "blessed to be Americans" and that we are strongest when "we work together for the common good."
    
Trump says the wounded congressman, Republican Steve Scalise of Louisiana, is in stable condition.
    
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11:45 a.m.
    
President Donald Trump says the assailant in the congressional shooting has died from his injuries.
    
Trump said Wednesday morning that the gunman who shot Rep. Steve Scalise, of Louisiana, had died. The assailant has been identified as James T. Hodgkinson.
    
Scalise was shot at a congressional baseball practice just outside of Washington. Officials said several other people were also wounded. Trump said Scalise "was badly wounded and is now in stable condition."
    
Trump praised the "heroic actions" of the Capital Police at the scene.
    
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11:43 a.m.
    
President Donald Trump says he has spoken to Rep. Steve Scalise's wife, Jennifer, to offer his support to the family.
    
Trump calls Scalise, the House majority whip, a very good friend and says he is a fighter and a patriot.
    
Trump offers his own prayers to the Scalise family, and says the entire world is also praying for them.
    
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11:18 a.m.
    
President Donald Trump will make a statement from the White House on Wednesday about the shooting of a top House Republican.
    
The White House said Trump will speak from the Diplomatic Room at 11:30 a.m.
    
Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, was shot by a rifle-wielding gunman Wednesday morning at a congressional baseball practice just outside of Washington. Officials said several other people were also wounded.
    
The White House said Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were both notified of the shooting in Alexandria. The president has spoken to Scalise's wife and chief of staff, as well as House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the chief of the Capitol Police.

UPDATE:

In a statement to the country, President Donald Trump said the suspected shooter has died and Congressman Scalise has died.

UPDATE:
WASHINGTON (AP) - Gov't official: Suspect in shooting of congressman in Virginia identified as Illinois man named James T. Hodgkinson.

UPDATE:
WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republican Whip Office: Rep. Steve Scalise shot in the hip, undergoing surgery, in stable condition.

PREVIOUS COVERAGE:
Multiple people have been shot in a shooting involving members of Congress at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia. NBC has confirmed that at least one of the victims in Congressman Steve Scalise who was attending a congressional baseball practice (an event that happens every year) as a member of Republican leadership. Scalise had Congressional security members with him at the practice. Several other members from Congress were at this practice as well.

Witnesses say as many as 10-20 rounds were fired by the shooter before Congressional security members, who were also at the practice, returned gunfire. Witnesses have also reported hearing "loud popping sounds" and anywhere from 50 to 100 shots fired. Witnesses described the shooter as a middle-aged white male.

According to the Alexandria Police Department, the suspect is in custody and not a threat and five people were transported to the hospital. Police also say this situation is now stable and under control.

According to NBC, five people were shot, including the gunman. A witness described one of the other victims as an officer who was airlifted to the hospital.

Senator Rand Paul, who was also on scene, said in an interview that if Congressman Scalise had not been at the practice, this shooting would have been a massacre. The only reason Congressional security members were at the practice, is because Scalise is a member of the Republican leadership. Congressional police only accompany leadership personnel.

Congressman Mo Brooks, who was also there, described how he used his belt as a tourniquet to help stop the bleeding of Congressman Scalise. He also said in a statement to a cable news network, that this shooting seemed intentional.

Congressman Brad Wenstrup, who was also at the practice says he believes the shooter had a shotgun, but ran out of ammunition and then grabbed a pistol before he was able to be subdued.

Texas Rep. Joe Barton says the shooting lasted 5-10 minutes, dozens, if not hundreds of shots fired; 'it was scary'

Alexandria, Virginia is a suburban neighborhood just across the river from Washington D.C. where many members of Congress live


President Trump tweeted out in a statement, " Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, a true friend and patriot, was badly injured but will fully recover. Our thoughts and prayers are with him."

Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers tweeted, " Horrifying news of , aides, & shooting. Join me praying for him, his wife Jennifer, kids, staff & all involved."


This is a developing story, check back for updates.

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