Gunman Opens Fire As Members Of Congress Practice Baseball

A gunman opened fire on a Republican congressional team baseball practice Wednesday and Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., was among the wounded, authorities said.

- Rep. Lloyd Smucker (@RepSmucker)My staff and I are safe.

Congressman Mo Brooks said he was on deck, preparing to bat, when the shooting started. He is among the five injured, police said.

About two hours after the shooting, Scalise's office released a statement that said Scalise was shot in the hip.

"Prior to ending surgery, the Whip was in good spirits and spoke to his wife by phone". He is being treated at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Two of the wounded were Capitol Hill police, witnesses said.

Two law enforcement sources told CNN the shooter, who is in police custody, has been taken to a hospital.

A staffer with Rep. An aide to U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, a Texas Republican, was also shot. He was not shot by the gunman.

U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman said he was not at the practice.

Scalise was fielding balls on second base when he was shot, according to lawmakers present, then dragged himself into the outfield to get away from the gunman.

Brooks said he heard 10 to 20 rounds from the gunman's rifle before the security detail returned fire. I was at short stop.

"I hear Steve Scalise over near second base scream". Gary Palmer told Roll Call. Mika's family said the lobbyist was shot multiple times and was in critical condition and in surgery. Lawmakers, staff members and even the young son of one of the members ran for cover, jumping into dugouts and over fences to avoid the gunshots. "An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us", Ryan said.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said one rifle and handgun were recovered from the scene.

He said there were easily 50 shots fired.

"He was bleeding. but he was doing his job", Brooks said.

Sen. Claire McCaskill tweeted early Wednesday that she had spoken to Capitol Police and that the officers "will be ok".

"All we would have had is baseball bats against a riffle", Brooks said.

Rep. Marc Veasey, who practices in Washington on the Democrats' team, tweeted about the incident, as did Texas Governor Greg Abbott and many other lawmakers. "Fortunately, I made it but it was a scary few minutes in the dugout". Thank you for your concern.

"Now, that I've seen the (suspect's) photo, I've got to believe that he was the guy, " DeSantis said on MSNBC. "Steve Scalise is in leadership and that's the only reason there was security detail there at all. They saved everybody's life", Paul said on CNN.

Associated Press reporters Chad Day, Mary Clare Jalonick, Ken Thomas, Vivian Salama and Sarah Brumfield contributed to this report.

Duncan, of SC, says he gave a description of the man to Alexandria police that "fits the picture that's being shown on TV".

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said President Trump and Vice President Pence were aware of the incident.

State and city leaders have also issued statements on the shooting.

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