IL lawmakers safe: Rodney Davis at practice during shooting

Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis says he was at the plate during Congressional baseball practice, when a gunman opened fire. "We went in and that's when I was able to call my wife, that' when I was able to call my kids and call 911 before that".

Davis said he was at the plate when he heard a loud bang, and then people yelling, "Run!"

"This is the result, I believe, of political rhetorical terrorism".

Davis has played for the Republican congressional baseball team for five years, this year as catcher.

"What I witnessed was the bravery of the Capitol Police officers, who were heroes", Rep. Davis said. He fell as he ran, and suffered an elbow injury. Officials with the U.S. Capitol Police, Alexandria Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation later confirmed five people, including Scalise and the shooter, were wounded and transported to local hospitals.

Davis, a Republican from Taylorville, said he made a decision to keep the dirty clothes on: "My breaking point is done".

"I stand here today and say stop, we have to stop", Davis said, urging the country to come together as Americans, not Republicans and Democrats.

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"The practice was in advance of the Thursday game where Republican and Democratic lawmakers in the House and Senate play in a charity game". While we don't yet know the full scale of the casualties this morning, we do know that this attack would have been inestimably worse without the presence of the fearless men and women of the Capitol Police, some of whom are among the wounded. "He will recover from this assault and, Steve, I want you to know that you have the prayers not only of the entire city behind you but of an entire nation and frankly the entire world", Trump said.

Reports say some congressman were practicing on Wednesday morning when the shooting happened. Scales was shot in the hip; his spokesman said he was undergoing surgery on Wednesday morning.

Although the practice was taking place in Alexandria, Va., across the Potomac River from the Capitol, police were on hand to protect Rep. Scalise, the majority whip and No. 3 Republican in the House of Representatives.

U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) said one of the officers who was wounded returned fire, shooting the gunman.

According to a well-placed source, the suspect has been identified as IL resident James T. Hodgkinson, whose Facebook page includes a post calling President Trump a "Traitor".

Hodgkinson, 66, owns a home inspection business, the Post reported.

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