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En topp-politiker fra Republikanerne og hans assistent er skutt sammen med flere andre under en baseballtrening i Virginia, melder BBC.

Steve Scalise er blitt skutt i hoften.

Senator Mike Lee, a Utah Republican, texted Fox News to say that Mr Scalise had been shot in the hip and would survive.

He said someone had used a belt as a tourniquet on him.

Mr Lee said the shooter had used a long gun and was dead.

Skytingen skjedde tidlig om morgenen amerikansk tid under baseballtrening. Republikanerne skulle spille en veldedighetsmatch mot Demokratene imorgen og trente til den.

Et vitne, kongressmannen Mo Brooks,  forteller til CNN:

«I was out there waiting to get ready when I heard shots. Then I heard Steve Scalise at 2nd Base. He screams. There is a semi-automatic»

Alle løp i alle retninger da mellom 50 og 100 skudd ble avfyrt. Brooks sa at det ble skuddveksling mellom angriperen og politilivvaktene til kongressmennene. Mannen som skjøt på dem med rifle lå i skjul. Han ble skutt av politilivvaktene til kongressmennene, men det er foreløpig usikkert om han er død.

The congressman, who said he took refuge behind a batting cage, described the attacker as a middle-aged white male «a little on the chubby side».

Politiet i Virginia sier at flere mennesker er skadd etter angrepet:

Virginia police say multiple people have been injured after a gunman opened fire on Congressional Republicans during early morning baseball practice in the Del Ray neighbourhood of Alexandria.

Republican House whip Steve Scalise was among those shot by the human, who opened fire with an automatic weapon.

Another congressman, Republican Mo Brooks told how he and the other member of the House of Representatives were getting in practice for a game tomorrow night when shots broke out.

He said everyone on the field scattered as 50 to 100 shots were fired.

Mr Brooks said a gunfight ensued between the shooter and the congressmen’s police security detail.

CNN sier at to politimenn også ble skutt.

Mr Brooks said Senator Rand Paul, of Kentucky, and congressmen Chuck Fleischmann, of Tennessee, Ron DeSantis, of Florida, and Jeff Duncan, of South Carolina, were also at the game.

Senator Rand Paul sa til CNN at de unngikk en massakre fordi Scalise hadde vært tilstede og at dette hadde gitt større politibeskyttelse.

Police man a shooting scene after a gunman opened fire on Republican members of Congress during a baseball practice near Washington in Alexandria, Virginia, June 14, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

A bullet hole is seen in a window after a gunman opened fire on Republican members of Congress during a baseball practice near Washington in Alexandria, Virginia, June 14, 2017, in this picture obtained from social media. TWITTER/@JOEMISCAVIGE/via REUTERS

The Independent