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Gunman Opens Fire at a Congressional Baseball Practice

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, a Republican from Louisiana, speaks during an interview in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. Debt ceilings are hit because of spending problems in Washington and "to increase the debt ceiling it ought to be tied to reforms that finally solve the spending problem," Scalise said. Photographer: Scott Eells/Bloomberg via Getty Images

By Kevin Bailey

A gunman opened fire on members of Congress at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia. The targets were Republican congressmen, practicing for a bipartisan baseball game, and their staffers. Several people were hit, including Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), who serves as the House majority whip. Scalise was shot in the hip and is expected to recover.

The Congressional Baseball Game, an annual event, is scheduled for Thursday in Washington.

Alexandria Police Chief Michael Brown said that five people were taken to hospitals with injuries. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), who was part of the GOP contingent practicing on the field when the shooting happened, told reporters that there were “50 to 100 shots fired.”

The White House released a statement from Donald Trump regarding the incident:

We are deeply saddened by this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of Congress, their staffs, Capitol Police, first responders, and all others affected.

The gunman, armed with a rifle, was engaged by members of a congressional security team. According to Rep. Brooks, the gunman said nothing as he began shooting.

The Alexandria Police Department confirmed an investigation into the shooting, as well as the fact that a number of victims had been taken to local hospitals. The APD later tweeted that a suspect had been taken into custody.

Various media reports and Twitter accounts were consulted while writing this report.
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About Kevin Bailey (32 Articles)
Born and raised in Kansas, Kevin now lives in North Carolina, working at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte as an Academic Advisor. He has extensive experience as a writer, beginning with his work as an opinion columnist for his college newspaper, and extending through time working as the primary film critic for GoWilkes.com and its affiliated sites. He now serves as a film and television critic for EatPrayVote, and dabbles in writing about politics for EPV as well.

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