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Congressman Scalise and others shot on Virginia ballfield

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U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), two Capitol police officers, a congressional staff member and a Tyson Foods lobbyist were shot Wednesday morning at a congressional baseball game practice field in Alexandria, Va. A man with a semi-automatic rifle fired from behind a third-base dugout.

Sen. Mike Lee told Fox News the gunman is dead. CNN said he was in custody. His death was confirmed later in the morning.

As a House leader, majority whip, Scalise is accompanied by security, who returned fire. Most congressmen aren't provided protection. He was shot in the hip. Extent of injuries to others is not yet clear.

UPDATE: The wound to Scalise proved more serious than originally thought:

"The bullet traveled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs and causing severe bleeding. He underwent immediate surgery, and an additional procedure to stop bleeding. He has received multiple units of blood transfusion. His condition is critical, and he will require additional operations."

A practice was underway for a game tomorrow night.

No members of the Arkansas delegation were at the practice.

From Vox:

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) said on @CNN that he heard about 50 shots, and identified the shooter as a white middle-aged man with a rifle.
UPDATE: Washington Post identifies the suspect as James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill. A Facebook account for a man with the same name and hometown is getting a lot of traffic and comment for the anti-Trump views expressed there. He apparently was a Bernie Sanders supporter, if posts on the page are representative.

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Matt Mika, a Tyson Foods lobbyist for six years, was at the baseball practice and was one of those shot. He's receiving hospital treatment, the company said. Later accounts said he suffered multiple chest wounds and was in critical condition.

Political angles weren't long in coming. Republicans ranging from Rep. Steve King to the president's son-in-law tagged resistance to Donald Trump and even the "Julius Caesar" production in New York for the attack. Some used the opposite to raise the need to do something about gun violence.

UPDATE: Another congressman apparently suffered minor injuries, a sprained ankle, in seeking to shield others from the gunman.

ALSO: Here's later reporting on the heroes of the day, members of Capitol Police.

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