The U.S. House of Representatives Majority Whip Steve Scalise from Louisina and some aides were shot on Tuesday morning at a GOP baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia.
Several other people were shot during that Republican team practice, another House of Representatives member from Alabama, Congressman Mo Brooks, who was an eyewitness, told CNN. There was blood at the scene. At least five other people were left wounded, he said.
“Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, a true friend and patriot, was badly injured but will fully recover. Our thoughts and prayers are with him,” President Donald Trump, who is also a Republican, said on Twitter.
Police said five people were transported to hospital, including the white male shooter.
The Republicans were practicing for a baseball match coming up against the Democrats to raise money for a charity, Republican Mo Brooks told CNN.
Anger has been rising in the country, especially against Republicans in the House of Representatives over the repeal of a healthcare bill signed into law by former President Barack Obama.
But it was not clear whether the shooting was connected to that anger, although Congressman Brooks told CNN that it was never a secret where the Republican practice baseball and that the attack appeared to be targeting Republican party members.
Scene of the attack
Several other congressmen were shot and were calling for reinforcement. Congressman Brooks said the shooter was taken down, but he did not know whether he was killed.
The shooter appeared to be a white male, Congressman Brooks said.
This is a breaking news story that will be updated.
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