UPDATE 12:06 p.m.: The gunman in Wednesday’s attack at a congressional baseball practice has died of his injuries, President Donald Trump said in a statement.
Police say a suspect is in custody after Wednesday’s shooting at a men’s congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia.
The shooting came the day before the annual Congressional Baseball Game, a charity event run by Senate and House members of both parties. The game takes place at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.
Alexandria Police Chief Michael L. Brown said units responded to a 911 call at 7:09 a.m. and were at the field, near a local YMCA, within three minutes. The officers received fire from a suspect and returned fire.
Five people were transported to local hospitals, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who is in stable condition and underwent surgery, according to his office.
Brown said the scene was stable.
“I want to reassure the community here in Alexandria that this city is indeed safe,” he said.
Because a member of Congress was involved, the FBI will be taking over the investigation, according to officials.
FBI Special Agent Timothy Slater said the FBI became involved around 9:30 a.m. and that it was too early to tell what had motivated the shooting.
“We’re exploring all angles,” he said.
Law enforcement officers who were shot are now in good condition, Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa said.
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said that gun violence affects people in the U.S. every day. “It’s not just about politicians. we worry about this every day for all our citizens,” he said.
He also commended Capitol police for quick action. “They saved a lot of lives today,” he said.