Democratic Congressional Baseball Team Prays For Republican Colleagues After Shooting

At least five people were shot at the Republican practice.

At least five people were reported shot Wednesday morning at a baseball field in Alexandria, Va., where members of the Republican baseball team were practicing for Thursday's charity game against the Democrats. Rep. Steve Scalise, the House majority whip, was reportedly among those injured, as well as two officers and a congressional aide.

Security exchanged gunfire with the suspect, who is reportedly now in custody. According to the New York Times, Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama told CNN Scalise was shot in the hip. Brooks used his belt as a tourniquet on another victim's leg.

Members of the Democratic team, who were preparing for the game separately from their GOP colleagues, were photographed praying after they heard the news of the shooting.



Several other Democrats shared their thoughts and prayers on Twitter, adding that their practice was cancelled and they were safe.

The Congressional Baseball Game has been a bipartisan tradition of the legislative branch since 1909. Members of Congress shed their suits and don uniforms and baseball caps to raise money for local charities, including the Washington Literacy Center, and Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington, and the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation.