>> The crackle of gunfire interrupting the crack of the bat and life in Washington. As a gunman targets Republican lawmakers practicing for a baseball game in suburban Virginia, wounding senior lawmaker Steve Scalise and five others.>> I'm Andy Sullivan in Del Rey neighborhood of Alexandria. Normally a quiet, peaceful area, that today was the scene of a violent ambush as a gunman opened fire on a group of Republican lawmakers assembled for an early morning baseball practice.
>> Steve Scalise was on second base and all of the sudden we heard a very loud shot.>> Law enforcement identifying the shooter as 66 year old James Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois. Witnesses saying he sprayed bullets across the field with a Kalashnikov style rifle, and then exchanged fire with two officers.
The entire incident lasting about ten minutes. Hodgkinson wounded at the scene and later dying in the hospital>> There could have easily been 25 deaths or more today. But Officers Griner and Bailey prevented that and my family and I will be forever grateful. Also hurt in the attack, lobbyist Matt Micah of Tyson Foods, congressional staffer Zach Barth, and capitol police officers Crystal Griner and David Bailey.
The Republicans had gathered for a practice for their annual charity baseball game against the Democrats. Organizers later Wednesday vowing the game will go on as planned. Police and the FBI are saying it's to early to determine a motive for the attack. But Hodgkinson had posted angry messages against President Donald Trump and other Republican's on social media.
>> We continue to actively investigate the shooter's motives, acquaintances, and whereabouts that led to today's incident.>> Special Agent in charge Tim Slater saying Hodgkinson may have been in the area since March, unemployed and living out of a white cargo van.>> Gentleman's recognized.>> Many lawmakers say they routinely get death threats.
House Speaker Paul Ryan now considering how to increase security.>> An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us.>>
>> Scalise, the number three Republican in the House of Representatives, was shot in the hip. He remained in critical condition after surgery at a local hospital.
As one of the top Republicans in Congress, Scalise gets his own security detail. And some at the scene saying the quick response of those officers making a big difference to what could have been an even worse scene of carnage.