UPDATE: Congressman Shot by Gunman at Baseball Practice

UPDATE:  Numberous media outlets are reporting the gunman who opened fire this morning wounding Majority Whip Steve Scalise and others has been idenntified as James T. Hodgkinson from Belleville, Ill. The 66 year old owns a home inspection business according to the Washington Post. 

House of Representatives Majority Whip Steve Scalise and unknown number of aides were wounded when a gunman opened fire at an early morning baseball practice in in Alexandria, Virginia. 

U.S. Congressman Roger Williams' office is reporting that he was not wounded at the baseball practice but injured sliding into a base when the shotting started.

Scalise was hit in the hip and rushed to a hospital. According to reports, the gunman was taken into custody. Five other people were transported to the hospital, their condition is unknown.

The shooter appeared to be a white male, "a little bit on the chubby side," Representative Mo Brooks told CNN, adding that he only saw the man for second.

"The gun was a semiautomatic," Brooks told CNN. "It continued to fire at different people. You can imagine, all the people on the field scatter."

 Brooks said he heard 10 to 20 rounds from the gunman's rifle before the security detail returned fire. He said there were 20 to 25 members of team at the practice for a charity game sdcheduled for tomorrow night when the gunfire erupted.

“Scalise was on second base, and was crawling out, leaving trail of blood,” said Brooks, R-Alabama.

Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio helped treat Scalise at the scene and told FOX News the gunman had two weapons and moved from location to location as he continued shooting.

Congressional and law enforcement sources say the shooting seems to be a deliberate attack.  FOX News has reported that moments before the shooting started, a man came up to some players and asked if they were Republicans or Democrats.

The gunman was shot by U.S. Capitol police and it is not clear whether he is dead or wounded.

U.S. President Donald Trump, a Republican, said he and Vice President Mike Pence were aware of the shooting and are monitoring developments closely.

"We are deeply saddened by this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of Congress, their staffs, Capitol Police, first responders, and all others affected," Trump said in a statement.

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