Virginia Congressman, Staffer and Police Shot During Baseball Practice

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A Congressman has been injured in a mass shooting after a gunman opened fire on a group of Republican lawmakers who were practicing for a charity baseball game in Alexandria, Virginia, early Wednesday morning, CNN reports.

House Whip Steve Scalise, of Louisiana, was shot in the hip and sent to the hospital. Scalise is expected to make it, thanks to Senator Jeff Flake and another congressman rushing to the field and working to tamp down the bleeding.

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A congressional staffer and two members of Capitol Police were also shot. Law enforcement shared that the shooter is currently in police custody and has been taken to a hospital. Scalise was in stable condition but undergoing surgery as of 9:45 a.m.

"Prior to entering surgery, the whip was in good spirits and spoke to his wife by phone," a statement from his office read. "He is grateful for the brave actions of U.S. Capitol Police, first responders and colleagues."

"Nobody would have survived without the Capitol Hill police," said Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul. "It would have been a massacre without them."

Congressional and law enforcement sources are calling the shooting a "deliberate attack."

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