BREAKING: Shots fired at Congressional baseball practice

A shooter took to the field at practice for the annual Congressional Baseball Game, wounding at least five and reports of as many as twenty shorts fired into the crowd of Republican lawmakers and staffers.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La) was reportedly shot in the hip. while he and other lawmakers were preparing for Thursday’s Congressional Baseball Game. The firing progressed for several minutes.

“Right now, we’re secure,” said Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala) in an interview with CNN. Brooks helped tend to the injured, even forming a tourniquet out of his belt to help one of the injured.

The shooter, believed to be in custody, was armed with a semiautomatic rifle. Two Capitol Police officers were also shot while congressmen sheltered in place.

When Brooks’ was told that police considered the shooting a “deliberate act” he responded: “Well it sure shoot wasn’t an accident.”

The suspect, believed in custody, was identified as a white male in a report from The Hill.

It is unclear if the Congressional Baseball Game slated for Thursday will progress as scheduled.

Scalise is the first member of congress to be shot since Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona in January of 2011. Giffords was recently honored by having a navy vessel named in her honor. Giffords responded to today’s shooting in a tweet as well.

Very little is known about the shooter as of the publication, but Resistance Report will continue to cover this story as it develops.