Sen. Flake, present at DC-area shooting site, helped wounded

Gunman dead after shooting top Republican politician at baseball practice

At least four other people were also shot, CBS News has learned. He serves as the Republican majority whip in the House of Representatives, the congressman responsible for counting votes and maintaining party discipline.

Two people, including the suspect, are dead after a shooting that injured a congressman and several others in Virginia on Wednesday morning.

Scalise, a member of the House Republican leadership as the majority whip, appeared to have been shot in the hip and it appeared two Capitol Hill police agents were shot, according to Brooks.

"This is shocking news".

"Please keep the member of my staff and all members of the congressional baseball team in your thoughts and prayers", Williams wrote on Twitter.

- Rep. Keith Ellison (@keithellison) June 14, 2017My thoughts are with @SteveScalise, all those injured, and the courageous Capitol Police who protect us every day.

Governor Doug Ducey: "Thoughts and prayers for @SteveScalise + all affected in senseless event this morning. Let the power of civil order and peace, not violence, rise across our Nation".

US President Donald Trump, a Republican, said he and Vice President Mike Pence were aware of the shooting and are monitoring developments closely.

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"We were on the field doing batting practice and all of a sudden heard a loud shot, sounded a lot like a gun, but we weren't sure", Flake said. In all, five people were taken to area hospitals, including the suspect, Alexandria police said.

Representative Jeff Duncan spoke with 7News Daybreak and said he left the practice for a meeting, and believes he may have spoken to the shooter.

- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 14, 2017Karen & I are praying for @SteveScalise, the Capitol Police, & all hurt for a speedy recovery.

The shooting occurred at a popular park and baseball complex in Alexandria, Virginia, where lawmakers and others were gathered for a morning practice about 7 a.m. He said the gunman had "a rifle of some sort. a lot of ammo". Republican Mo Brooks from Alabama told the United States news broadcaster that the Louisiana Congressman sustained "a hip wound".

Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, a congressional staffer and Capitol Police officers were shot during a congressional baseball practice.

As per the initial reports and witness claims, the shooter was armed with a rifle and opened fire from behind the dugout, using it for protection.

Rep. Pat Meehan, a Delaware County Republican who represents Berks County, also plays on the team but a previously scheduled engagement on Capitol Hill kept him away from the field.

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