At least one Republican congressman was shot after a gunman opened fire during a congressional baseball practice Wednesday morning in Northern Virginia, according to a fellow congressman on the scene.
Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) was shot in the hip, and several congressional aides were hit by gun fire near Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria police confirmed.
Shooting reportedly began at around 7:15 am and lasted for about 10 minutes. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) who was at the scene, used his belt as a tourniquet to stop Scalise from bleeding, Brooks said on CNN.
Brooks said he heard about 50 shots, and identified the shooter as a white middle-aged man with a rifle.
Police officers in Alexandria say they have a suspect in custody, according to Crystal Nosal, a public information office for the Alexandria Police Department. They would not confirm the victim's identity.
According to multiple reports from the ground the shooter was reportedly gunned down by a member of Capitol police, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who was at the scene, said on MSNBC after the shooting.
"Had [Capitol Police] not been there, it would have been a massacre," Paul said.
Congressional Republicans were practicing for an annual charity baseball game, which is scheduled for Thursday evening.