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Congressman and police shot at Virginia Park at GOP Congressional baseball practice

Posted at 5:18 AM, Jun 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-14 13:45:24-04

Police are investigating a shooting at a park in Alexandria, Virginia, this morning, and initial law enforcement reports indicate that Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, was among those shot.

Scalise was shot in the hip near second base, but he is "expected to be OK," according to a senior member of GOP leadership. Two officers were also shot and one suspect in custody, according to initial law enforcement reports.

Rep. Mike Bishop, R-Mich., was on the field standing next to Scalise when the shooting happened.

Senators Rand Paul and Jeff Flake also witnessed the shooting. Sen. Paul said everyone at the practice immediately tried to run away when the gunman opened fire from near third base.

Senator Flake reported hearing more than 50 shots over a ten-minute period. 

The Alexandria Police Department said victims were being transported to local hospitals.

The FBI has arrived at the scene of the shooting, which is about 7 miles away from the White House in Washington, D.C. Members of Congress were at the park practicing for an annual charity baseball game set for tomorrow.

President Trump tweeted his thoughts and prayers are with Scalise.

Vice President Mike Pence is expected to speak this morning at 7:30 a.m. 

Gabrielle Giffords also tweeting this morning. She was the last member of Congress shot on January 8, 2011 here in Tucson.

This is a developing story. Stay with KGUN9 for updates.

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