US: One congressman shot as gunman opens fire on lawmakers in Virginia

Virginia: A gunman has opened fire on members of Congress practicing for a charity baseball game in Alexandria, Virginia, injuring House of Representatives majority whip Steve Scalise and several security officers.

Scalise, a Republican from Louisiana, was shot Wednesday at around 7:30 am by a gunman during a baseball game with several other Republican lawmakers.

Scalise was hit in the hip or leg with a semi-automatic rifle while his aide was hit in the chest, according to reports.

US Representative Mo Brooks said that “at least five” people were injured — including two law enforcement officers and a congressional aide — while members of a Republican congressional baseball team were practicing.

Brooks described a scene of chaos and of players taking cover wherever they could on the field. About 50 to 100 shots were fired, congressional sources said.

The site includes a park with baseball fields where members of the congressional baseball team regularly practice.

Images and footage from the scene show bullet holes in windows of buildings around the scene of the shooting.

Alexandria police said in a tweet that the suspect was in custody. It also advised people to stay clear from the area.

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