Republican congressman wounded in gun attack in Virginia

Republican congressman House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana was shot on Wednesday at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, officials said. His wounds were not believed to be life-threatening.

Alexandria Police said a suspect in the shooting was in custody.

A congressional aide said Mr. Scalise was in stable condition at George Washington University Hospital.

Representative Mo Brooks said several other people also were hit, including two law enforcement officers. Mr. Brooks said that Mr. Scalise, 51, was down on the ground with what Mr. Brooks described as “a hip wound”.

Representative Mike Bishop said Mr. Scalise was standing on second base when he was shot.

“I was looking right at him,” Mr. Bishop told Detroit radio station WWJ. “He was a sitting duck.”

Mr. Brooks said the Mr. Scalise “crawled into the outfield, leaving a trail of blood.”

“We started giving him the liquids, I put pressure on his wound in his hip,” Mr. Brooks said.

Mr. Scalise is the No. 3 House Republican leader. He was first elected to the House in 2008 after serving in the State legislature.

Representative Jeff Duncan said in a statement that he was at the practice and “saw the shooter”.

“Please pray for my colleagues,” Mr. Duncan said.

Katie Filous was walking her two dogs near the field when she heard “a lot of shots, probably more than 20.” She said the shooting “went on for quite a while.”

Ms. Filous said she saw the shooter hit a uniformed law enforcement officer, who she said was later evacuated by helicopter. She said the officer had gotten out of a parked car, drawn a handgun and shouted something to the gunman, who then fired.

President Donald Trump said he and the Vice-President are “deeply saddened” by news of a shooting “tragedy” at a congressional baseball game.

The President said in a statement on Wednesday that “the Vice-President and I are aware of the shooting incident in Virginia and are monitoring developments closely.”

Mr. Trump said, “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.”