Republican congressman shot in Virginia

Sources say the shooting happened at a congressional baseball game practice

ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA (WBRE/WYOU) - House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, a Republican from Louisiana, was shot Wednesday morning at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia.

In total, five people were taken to the hospital following the shooting.  Congressional aides were reportedly shot. 

Police responded to Alexandria's Eugene Simpson Stadium Park just after 7:00 a.m. Wednesday and immediately returned fire on the suspect.

Just before 8:30 a.m., the Alexandria Police Department tweeted that a suspect is in custody and the public is not in danger. 

Capitol Police Chief Matthew R. Verderosa says in a 9:00 a.m. press conference, "The rapid response saved lives."

CBS affiliate WUSA reports the shooting happened in the dugout at the field used for practice.  There were other congressmen at the practice at the time, including Republican Kentucky Senator Rand Paul. 

Representative Pat Meehan, of Pennsylvania's 6th Congressional District, and Representative Ryan Costello, of Pennsylvania's 7th Congressional District, are both on the Republican congressional baseball team.  

Neither were present at Wednesday's practice. 

Democratic Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey tweeted, "Praying for my colleagues and the Capitol Police who protect them."

Republican Pennsylvania Representative Lou Barletta also released the following statement:

“This is the first year since I’ve been a member of Congress that I am not playing in the Congressional Baseball Game. While I am safe, I am sickened by this morning’s horrific shooting. My prayers are with my friend Steve Scalise, my colleagues, their staff, the local first responders, and the Capitol Police officers whose bravery saved lives.” 

Police say they have many witnesses to interview and are working with the FBI to collect evidence and continue the investigation. 

Stick with Eyewitness News as this situation develops. 

 

 

 

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