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WASHINGTON — House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was among at least two people shot Wednesday morning during a GOP baseball practice at an Alexandria, Virginia, ball field, NBC News confirmed.
He was in stable condition, said two different senior-level GOP aides. One source said the Republican lawmaker was wounded in the hip area.
Two sources said at least one Capitol Police officer was also shot.
Police confirmed in tweets that it was investigating reports of a “multiple shooting” and that the suspect was “in custody” and “not a threat.” The victims were being rushed to the hospital.
Sen. Rand Paul, who was among the lawmakers at the scene, told MSNBC that Scalise as a House leader always has Capitol Police with him as security detail. Scalise has represented Louisiana’s 1st District since 2008. It was not immediately clear if the wounded officer was part of Scalise’s detail.
Rep. Steve Pearce of New Mexico tweeted that he was at the GOP’s baseball practice and was “alright.”
President Donald Trump released a statement after being briefed: “The Vice President and I are aware of the shooting incident in Virginia and are monitoring developments closely. We are deeply saddened by this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of Congress, their staffs, Capitol Police, first responders, and all others affected.”