Top Republican politician Steve Scalise injured in Virginia shooting


Paul also praised the Alexandria Police Department, who responded to the emergency in less than three minutes.

Victims were taken to hospitals and a suspected was "believed" to be in custody.

CBS News has learned that Scalise was shot in the hip.

Davis, a Republican from IL, credited U.S. Capitol Police officers on the scene of Wednesday's shooting outside Washington D.C. He said had they not been there, it "would have been a massacre".

Zachary Barth, an aide to Representative Roger Williams. Officials said he was shot in the hip, and that his condition is unknown at the time.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday called for unity in the wake of the shooting at a Republican congressional baseball practice that injured five people, including a top House Republican. "Our thoughts and prayers are with him". According to news reports, the GOP representatives were practicing for a bipartisan baseball game, a longstanding congressional tradition. "He's shooting back across the in field at the man with the rifle". At this point of the investigation there are no links to terrorism, officials said.

Rep. Martha McSally told reporters that Speaker Paul Ryan announced during a House briefing that the game will still be held Thursday at Nationals Park - the home of the Washington Nationals. The team was taking batting practice when a gunshot rang out and chaos erupted, according to lawmakers on the scene. "You can see our security detail". They were both shot, but are in stable condition.

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"He knew who we were". Iowa Senator Joni Ernst's tweeted, "please join me in praying for Steve Scalise, Capitol Police and all those impacted at the congressional baseball practice this a.m".

Scalise was formerly the chair of the Republican Study Committee, a conservative caucus group and "leading influencer of the Right".

"He was not able to move on his own power". He says Scalise dragged himself into the outfield to get farther away from the shooting.

"He is a physician and we deferred to his judgment on what to do". Brooks says Rep. Brad Wenstrup, a podiatrist who served as a combat surgeon in Iraq, used scissors to cut Scalise's trousers to get to his wound.

"A lock-in takes place if a threat is identified outside the school. No entry into or exit from the school will be allowed", said a message from Alexandria City Public Schools.

A year ago, Scalise and other Republican leaders blocked gun control legislation from coming to a vote on the House floor following a mass shooting at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida.