Congressman Palazzo, Harper safe after shots fired at GOP baseball practice

Congressman Palazzo, Harper safe after shots fired at GOP baseball practice
Gregg Harper and his staff are also safe after the shooting. Source: Twitter
Gregg Harper and his staff are also safe after the shooting. Source: Twitter

PINE BELT (WDAM) - Congressman Steven Palazzo and Congressman Gregg Harper are safe after shots were fired at a GOP baseball practice in Alexandria, VA.

Police responded to reports of shots fired at or near a field where Republican Capitol Hill lawmakers were having baseball practice, according to reports.

ABC News has reported that at least 50 shots were fired during the incident.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-LA, was among those injured.

Steven Palazzo posted on Facebook around 7:30 a.m. announcing that he was safe, and offered his prayers to his colleagues.

"I am safe and fine. Please pray for my colleagues and any staff and their families who were involved in this morning's shooting."

Gregg Harper tweeted that he was safe, and extended his prayers to Scalise. His office also released an official statement to the media.

"Our entire community's thoughts and prayers are with House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, the U.S. Capitol Police Officers, and staff members who were injured in today's shooting. I am thankful for the swift actions taken by the U.S. Capitol Police officers who were present. As Chairman, I was briefed immediately following this terrible event and our Committee will continue to monitor the situation. The House Sergeant at Arms and Capitol Police continue to investigate and deploy necessary police presence to ensure the area surrounding the U.S. Capitol is safe and secure for Members, staff, and visitors."

Rep. Bennie Thompson also tweeted his condolences.

Alexandria police tweeted that there is a suspect in custody in connection to the shooting.

This is a developing story. More details will be provided as information becomes available.