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U.S. House Majority Whip among others shot at congressional baseball practice
Last Updated: 2017-06-15 07:26 | Xinhua
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Photo taken on June 14, 2017 shows the site of the gunshot at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria, Virginia state, the United States. Steve Scalise, a U.S. House Republican leader, was among possibly five people shot by a gunman Wednesday morning as he was playing baseball game with other congressmen and aides. The suspect who opened fire in the baseball game practice field in Alexandria, Virginia, was in custody, said Alexandria police. (Xinhua/Yin Bogu)

A gunman opened fired at a baseball field near Washington early on Wednesday during a congressional baseball practice, injuring several people including House of Representatives Majority Whip Steve Scalise.

According to local police, the gunman had been taken into custody and was "not a threat" any more.

A congressional aide reportedly told local media that Scalise was in stable condition at George Washington University Hospital.

The U.S. TV network CNN cited congressional and law enforcement sources as saying that the shooting appeared to be a "delibarate attack."

"The gun was a semiautomatic," Representative Mo Brooks told CNN, adding that the shooter appeared to be a white male.

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