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Shooting At GOP Congressional Baseball Practice Leaves Several Wounded, Including Congressman

A gunman opened fire at a baseball field in Alexandria, Va. Wednesday morning where members of Congress were practicing for a baseball game, reportedly injuring Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana and several others. Early reports suggest the shooter had a rifle and scope, and police now have him in custody.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot in the hip and at least one other aide was also hit in the chest by a gunman with a rifle who opened fire at a baseball practice in Virginia Wednesday morning, Fox News confirmed.

Police tweeted they “believed” the gunman was in custody. Sen. Mike Lee told Fox News, however, the gunman was dead. He said a staffer used a belt as a tourniquet to stop Scalise’s bleeding.

Rep. Mo Brooks described the incident on CNN:

Brooks said he was on deck at a practice for the congressional baseball team when the shooting occurred. Scalise, the majority whip, appeared to have been shot in the hip and it appeared two Capitol Hill police agents were shot, he added.

Brooks said there were a number of congressmen and congressional staffers lying on the ground, and at least one of them was wounded. The Alabama Republican said he used his belt as a tourniquet to help one of the victims.

Law enforcement said the incident appeared to be a “deliberate attack.” Helicopters were in the air on the scene for an hour after the shooting, at least one for transporting wounded to the hospital.

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