Republican House whip Steve Scalise shot in Virginia shooting

BREAKING: US politician among the injured in shooting at baseball field

US Republican shot at baseball practice

It's unclear how many people were hit, but multiple reports said those injured include Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., and two Capitol police officers.

The congressmen were practicing ahead of an annual baseball game between Republican and Democrat representatives, and it's "well-known" when practices are held, said Brooks.

Scalise is the current US House of Representatives Majority Whip and representative for Louisiana's 1st congressional district. A security detail that fortunately was here because Steve Scalise was here began to respond.

NPR's Scott Detrow reports that a staff member from Rep. Roger Williams' office was wounded. And then I noticed that Steve was down playing second base.

Eye witnesses said that the shooter appeared to be a white male.

In a statement, the Capitol Police say, "Out of an abundance of caution, the USCP has deployed a robust police presence throughout the Capitol Complex".

The shooting occurred at a field in the Washington, D.C., suburb of Alexandria, Va. "At the same time I hear Steve Scalise over near second base scream", Brooks added.

House Majority Whip shot at congressional baseball practice
Rep. #Steve Scalise was among those who were shot at a GOP practice at Simpson Field in #Alexandria on Wednesday morning. Governor Doug Ducey: "Thoughts and prayers for @ SteveScalise + all affected in senseless event this morning".

U.S. Capitol Police Chief Matthew R. Verderosa said his officers who were wounded "are in good condition" and should recover quickly. After medical personnel arrived, he said he retrieved Scalise's phone and made the first call to Scalise's wife to notify her of the shooting. Everyone on that field is a public servant - our courageous police, our congressional aides who work so tirelessly behind the scenes with enormous devotion, and our dedicated members of Congress who represent our people.

A spokesperson from Meehan's office said the congressman had a previously scheduled engagement, and that his thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. In an address from the White House, President Trump said, "the assailant has now died from his injuries".

Park Police spokeswoman Anna Rose tells CBS News they are using one of their Eagle helicopters to Medevac injured, but that Alexandria Police Department is handling the incident.

"We were doing batting practice", said Sen.

Other lawmakers were stunned in the aftermath of the event, which raised questions about the security of members of Congress.

Trump says, "We are deeply saddened by this tragedy".

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