Gunman opens fire on congressmen, aides in Virginia; multiple wounded

Republican Rep. Steve Scalise, the US House majority whip, was shot early Wednesday morning (local time) along with a number of other people at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, about seven miles from the White House. The congressman from Louisiana's 1st district was said to be in stable condition after being hit in the hip by the gunfire. Two US Capitol police officers were said to be among the wounded.
“Everybody probably would have died except for the fact that Capitol Police where there," said Sen. Rand Paul, an eyewitness. "And the only reason they were there was because we had a member of leadership on our team," he added, referring to Scalise. "By him being there, he probably saved everybody else’s life."
The shooter, identified as a white, middle-aged male, fired between 50 and 100 rounds with a rifle before being subdued by the security detail on the scene. He was said to have initially approached the congressmen and asked whether they were Democrats or Republicans.   
White House spokesman Sean Spicer said President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were made aware of the developing situation. Alexandria police said the suspect is in custody and is no longer a threat. Later, President Trump said in a statement "We are deeply saddened by this tragedy". 

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