Washington shooting, Members of Congress targeted

senior Members of Congress have been hit

WASHINGTON — A suspect was taken into custody Wednesday morning after a shooting at a Del Ray public park in Alexandria, Virginia, where members of Congress were practicing ahead of an annual charity baseball game, officials said.

Alexandria Police were called to the 400 block of East Monroe Avenue, near Dewitt Avenue, after reports of multiple shootings. Officials said several people were injured, and victims were being transported to hospitals.

Police have shut down many of the roads surrounding the baseball diamond.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, a Congressman in leadership, was among those shot. Officials said he was shot in the hip, and that his condition is unknown at the time.

Several other members of Congress sheltered in place. Security has been tightened at the White House, officials said.

Five people are believed to have been shot as it has been reported 50 shots have been fired.

Witnesses have said GOP politician Steve Scalise was hit, although the extent of his injuries are not clear at this stage.

Senator Todd Young tweeted: “Reports that my former House colleague Steve Scalise has been shot and others injured as well. Praying for them and their families.”

Mo Brooks, a Republican congressman from Alabama, who was at the baseball practice, said two members of the security detail were also shot, according to NBC Washington. – WTOP

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