[Breaking] Top House GOP leader shot at congressional baseball practice

The White House said Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were both notified of the shooting in Alexandria.

Scalise was shot in Alexandria, Virginia as congressional Republicans practiced for the annual congressional baseball game.

U.S. Rep. French Hill said he was at the White House when it happened.

This story is breaking and will be updated.

Law enforcement officials identified the shooter as 66-year-old James Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois.

Several other people were wounded, including a congressional staff member.

According to the Washington Post, Hodgkinson was charged in April 2006 with battery and aiding damage to a motor vehicle, but the charges were dismissed.

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who was at the scene, said several people were shot but that Scalise was the only House member wounded.

He also said that two Capitol officers - a man and a woman - were shot and one of them was airlifted to the hospital. Two staffers were also shot, one seriously in the chest.

Rep. Scalise is reported to be stable condition and police have confirmed that the shooter, who was stopped by return fire from the U.S. Capitol police, is in custody and the scene is secure. "The heroes are the police officers", Barton added, fighting back tears, as he described watching the officers defend those under fire. They said the man asked if it was the Republicans or Democrats practicing, and they told him it was Republicans.

House Speaker Paul Ryan's office said Mr Scalise's wounds were not believed to be life-threatening and that a member of the security detail was also shot.

"Nobody would have survived without the Capitol Hill police", Paul said on CNN.

"We are united. We are united in our shock".

Scalise, 51, was first elected to the House in 2008 and served as chairman of the Republican Study Committee, a group of conservatives, before becoming whip in the leadership shuffle that followed the surprise defeat of then-Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a Republican primary. All we would have had would have been baseball bats versus a rifle.

The office of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise confirms that he has been shot in the hip and is undergoing surgery. Alexandria police said five victims have been transported to hospitals, including Scalise, who was shot in the hip.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of Congress, their staffs, Capitol Police, first responders, and all others affected", Trump said.

President Trump said on Twitter that Scalise "was badly injured but will fully recover". "Our thoughts and prayers are with him", he tweeted. He is now in a stable condition in hospital. He said he grabbed Scalise's phone to call his wife. Scalise said he was grateful for the actions of the Capitol Police.

"The congressional baseball game is going on tomorrow, as well it should", McSally said as her news received a standing ovation on the House floor.

The shooting took place at a practice for the GOP congressional baseball team.

Scalise was one of five shooting victims and had surgery to fix a gunshot wound to his hip.

Gabrielle Giffords, the former Arizona lawmaker shot during a 2011 assassination attempt, on Wednesday said her "heart is with my former colleagues, their families & staff, and the U.S. Capitol Police - public servants and heroes today and every day". Brooks later said he ran to the first-base side and hid behind a batting cage as gunfire erupted, and he saw Scalise crawling out of the outfield leaving a trail of blood. A helicopter arrived to medevac at least one victim.

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