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Congressman Steve Scalise, congressional aide shot at GOP baseball practice

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana and a congressional aide were shot Wednesday at a GOP baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia. The gunman may have specifically targeted Republicans.

The incident occurred at Simpson Field in Alexandria, about 10 miles from Washington D.C.

Alexandria Police Chief Michael Brown said that five people were "transported medically" from the scene. Scalise is currently in stable condition.

The office of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise released the following statement on his condition following this morning's shooting.

"This morning, at a practice for the Congressional Baseball Game, Whip Scalise was shot in the hip. He was transported to MedStar Washington Hospital Center, where he is currently undergoing surgery. He is in stable condition.

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

"We ask that you keep the Whip and others harmed in this incident in your thoughts and prayers.

"This office will release additional information regarding the Whip's condition as appropriate."

U.S. Capitol Police responded to the incident and were able to apprehended the suspect.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who was at the practice, said the shooting "would have been a massacre" had the Capitol Police not been present.

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

Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake said that he saw a member of Scalise's security detail return fire on the gunman.

"50 (shots) would be an understatement, I'm quite sure," Flake said when asked about the total amount of gunfire.

President Donald Trump is being regularly briefed on the shooting.

"The Vice President and I are aware of the shooting incident in Virginia and are monitoring developments closely," President Trump said in a statement. "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."

Trump later tweeted: "Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, a true friend and patriot, was badly injured but will fully recover. Our thoughts and prayers are with him."

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