Breaking: by Christian Smith
A senior Congressman was among five people shot by a gunman in the early hours of the morning.
The gunman identified as James T. Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old from Belleville, Illinois, has died.
All the casualties including republican lawmaker, Steve Scalise were taken to hospital.
Senator Scalise, the House majority whip was at a baseball practice in Virginia, for a Congressional basket ball game.
The event usual sees Republicans and Democrats practicing separately for a game to raise money for charity.
President Donald Trump issued a statement to confirm the incident. In a tweet, he said: “Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisana, a true friend and patriot, was badly injured but will fully recover. Our thoughts and prayers are with him.”