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US Congressman Steve Scalise shot in gun attack on baseball practice in Virginia

Virginia police say multiple people have been injured after a gunman opened fire on Congressional Republicans during early morning practice in the Del Ray neighbourhood of Alexandria.

North Virginia whip Steve Scalise and one of his aides are among those injured.

Police said officers who were part of Mr Scalise's security detail returned fire and wounded the shooter, who was taken into custody.

US President Donald Trump has tweeted about the incident, calling Rep Scalise "a true friend and patriot".

The president said the congressman "was badly injured but will fully recover".

President Trump concluded: "Our thoughts and prayers are with him."

According to CBS News, the shooting happened in the dugout at field used for congressional baseball practice. Four people were shot and one congressman was shot in the hip.

A  congressional source says the injured include two Capitol Hill police officers, the gunman, and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, a Republican from Louisiana.

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