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Rep. Steve Scalise shot at congressional baseball practice in Virginia

A gunman opened fire at a congressional baseball practice field in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday, wounding multiple people including a congressman.

Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise was shot in either the leg or hip and is in stable condition, according to NBC News. Two U.S. Capitol Police officers were shot, according to NBC.

“Had they not been there, it would have been a massacre,” eyewitness Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said of the Capitol Police. The officers were present because Scalise is a member of congressional leadership.

Several GOP congressmen and at least two senators attended the practice, Paul told MSNBC. They were practicing for a bipartisan charity baseball game set to take place on Thursday at Nationals Park.

A gunman opened fire at a congressional baseball practice field in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday, wounding multiple people including a congressman.

Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise was shot in either the leg or hip and is in stable condition, according to NBC News. Two U.S. Capitol Police officers were shot, according to NBC.

“Had they not been there, it would have been a massacre,” eyewitness Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said of the Capitol Police. The officers were present because Scalise is a member of congressional leadership.

Several GOP congressmen and at least two senators attended the practice. They were practicing for a bipartisan charity baseball game set to take place on Thursday at Nationals Park.

Paul and Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., described the weapon used by the shooter as a rifle. Paul said he heard a first, “isolated” shot followed by a “rapid succession” of 5 to 10 shots.

Capitol Police and Alexandria police officers who responded to the scene exchanged fire with the shooter.

Brooks told CNN that he saw Scalise drag himself from second base into the outfield after he was shot, leaving a trail of blood 10 to 15 yards long. Flake said Scalise lay by himself for “at least 10 minutes,” as people could not get to him amid the shooting.

“I wanted to get to him but there were still shots going overhead from both sides,” he said.

Rep. Brad Wenstrup of Ohio, a former combat surgeon, applied pressure to the wound, Flake said. Scalise remained coherent throughout.

In a statement, President Donald Trump said that he and Vice President Mike Pence 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,” Trump said in a statement.

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