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House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) among those wounded.

CREDIT: CBS screengrab

Around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, a shooter opened fire in Alexandria, Virginia, at a baseball practice ahead of the annual congressional baseball game, which is scheduled for Thursday night.

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Fox News confirmed that among the victims were House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) and his aides.

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Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), who was at the practice and witnessed the shooting, shared his account of what happened with reporters.

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Brooks subsequently told CNN that Scalise was “dragging his body” away from the infield of the ball field after he was shot. He said the shooter, who appeared to be a middle-aged white man, opened fire from behind a dugout and injured roughly five people, including two members of a security detail and Scalise.

“I heard Steve Scalise scream. He was shot,” Brooks said, adding that he believes the suspect was shot by a Capitol Police officer.

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ABC later reported that Scalise’s injury isn’t life-threatening, while Reuters reported that two Capitol Hill police officers who were shot are in stable condition.

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Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) was at the practice as well. After the shooting, he called Fox News and said that while he was getting in a car to leave, “There was a guy who walked up to us that was asking whether there was Republican or Democrats out there and it was just a little odd, and then we kinda walked toward the area where all of this happened.”

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DeSantis added, however, that he wasn’t sure if the man who walked up to him was the shooter.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) told ABC he was on the field when he heard a “burst of gunfire.” During an earlier interview on MSNBC, Paul said, “Everybody probably would have died except for the fact that the Capitol Police were there” because of Scalise’s leadership status.

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One member of Congress told a HuffPost reporter that he may have spoken with the shooter before shots rang out.

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Alexandria police report that the gunman is in custody. The shooting appears to be a “deliberate attack,” CNN reported, citing both congressional and law enforcement sources.

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) told reporters that two members of Scalise’s security detail were shot, including an African-American man who was “shot in the leg.”

“I believe he’s the one that brought the shooter down,” Flake said. “He ran around for quite a while with a leg wound returning fire.”

President Trump released a statement about the incident.

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Trump also updated Scalise’s condition on Twitter.

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While most elected officials steered clear of attempting to turn breaking news about the shooting into a partisan issue, Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) told a Buffalo radio station, “I can only hope that the Democrats do tone down the rhetoric.”

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This is a breaking news story. More information will be added as details emerge.


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