Louisiana Rep Steve Scalise, House Majority Whip was shot with two police guards during a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Va, early Wednesday in which a dozen Republican congressman took part. All three men were injured. Witnesses say more than 15 rounds were fired in ten minutes by a man with a rifle at 7:15 am ET. Scalise was reported hit in the hip and an aide used his belt as a tourniquet to stop the bleeding. The gunman was hit in an exchange of fire. According to some sources, he was apprehended and taken to hospital.
Scalise was elected to congress eight years ago and is one of the leaders of the conservative group.
One congressman reported that as he left the practice field, he was approached by a man in running clothes who asked whether the players on the field were Republicans or Democrats. He did not appear to be holding a weapon. Police are looking for him.