TOP REPUBLICAN POLITICIAN ‘SHOT AS GUNMAN FIRES 50 BULLETS AT BASEBALL GAME, INJURING FIVE’

Police have rushed to the scene and there are reports of gun fire from the car park in Del Ray, America

By Joshua Taylor, Jane Lavender, Rachel O’donoghue

A senior Republican politician is among five people wounded after a gunman opened fire at a baseball game in the US.

Steve Scalise was playing with fellow Congressmen and staff when a gunman peppered the baseball pitch with 50 bullets, according to eyewitnesses.

Congressman Scalise, the majority whip in the House of Representatives, was hit in the hip and police officers were also wounded, according to reports. He was filmed being taken away in a stretcher.

Donald Trump 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.”

Representative Brad Wenstrup, an army veteran who was at the scene, reportedly said: “I felt like I was back in Iraq but without my weapon.”

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Police rushed to the scene after reports of gunfire in the upmarket Virginia suburb of Alexandria, just outside Washington DC.

A resident in Washington reported that three Congressional Republicans took shelter in his apartment after the gunman opened fire.

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Social media photos showed victims being taken away on stretchers by paramedics.

Senator Todd Young tweeted: “Reports that my former House colleague Steve Scalise has been shot and others injured as well. Praying for them and their families.”

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Meanwhile Congressman Steven Palazzo took to social media to tell people he was safe.

He wrote: “I am safe and fine. Please pray for my colleagues and any staff and their families who were involved in this morning’s shooting.”

A statement from President Trump said: “The vice-president and I are aware of the shooting incident today in Virginia and are monitoring developments closely.

“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.”

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Early reports from the scene also suggest several Congressional staffers were also injured.

Police were initially believed to have launched a massive manhunt for the suspect, but a man is now in custody.

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