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US Congressman Steve Scalise shot at congressional baseball practice in Virginia

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US Congressman Steve Scalise was among several victims shot and wounded at a congressional baseball practice ahead of an annual game between lawmakers in Alexandria, Virginia, one of his colleagues said on Wednesday.

Fellow Republican lawmaker Mo Brooks told CNN that Scalise was shot in the hip with a semi-automatic gun, adding that at least two law enforcement officers and one congressional staffer were shot in Alexandria, Virginia.

Scalise, the majority whip who rallies Republican votes in the House of Representatives, “was not able to move on his own power. He was dragging his body from the second base infield to the outfield to get away from the shooter while all this firing was going on,” Brooks said. Scalise did not appear to have a life-threatening wound, he added.

“There must have been 50, 100 shots fired,” Brooks said. Brooks said Capitol security forces were firing back with pistols at the shooter until the shooter was tackled to the ground.

Scalise is now in a stable condition, Fox News reported.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer tweeted that US President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are aware of the situation in Virginia.

Both & are aware of the developing situation in Virginia. Our thoughts and prayers are with all affected.

— Sean Spicer (@PressSec)

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