Senior US congressman Steve Scalise has been shot at a baseball practice in northern Virginia.
A congressional aide said Mr Scalise, who rallies Republican votes in the House of Representatives, was hit during the training session in Alexandria attended by up to 25 politicians, plus their staff, ahead of an annual game.
Fellow Republican Mo Brooks, representative for Alabama, said the majority whip from Louisiana was on the ground with “a hip wound”.
Mr Brooks, who applied pressure to Mr Scalise’s injury, said the 51-year-old “crawled into the outfield, leaving a trail of blood”.
“He was dragging his body from the second base infield to the outfield to get away from the shooter while all this firing was going on,” he said.
He said other people were also shot, including two police officers.
Police confirmed the shooter was in custody.
Police chief Michael Brown said officers were on the scene within three minutes of receiving a call about the shooting at 7am (local time) and exchanged gunfire with the suspect.
Republican Mike Bishop, from Michigan, said Mr Scalise was at second base when he was shot.
“I was looking right at him,” he told Detroit radio station WWJ. “He was a sitting duck.”
“We were doing batting practice,” said Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona.
“All of a sudden we heard a very loud shot. The gunman was over by the third base dugout with a clear view of the field.”
He said the gunman had “a rifle of some sort… a lot of ammo”.
Mr Scalise is said to be in a stable condition at George Washington University Hospital. Five people in total were taken to hospital for treatment.
Texas representative Roger Williams also reported that a member of his staff was shot at the practice.
Witness Katie Filous said she heard more than 20 shots while walking her dogs near the playing field.
She said the shooting went on for “quite a while”.
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