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by ABBY LIVINGSTON and BOBBY BLANCHARD

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A staffer of U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Austin, was among those shot at a congressional baseball practice Wednesday morning, according to Williams’ office.

There are four Texas lawmakers on the Republican team – U.S. Reps Joe Barton, Kevin Brady, Mike Conaway and Williams. Conaway, Williams and Brady are safe, according to their offices. WFAA reported that Barton is also safe.

“Congressman Williams was not shot, however a member of his staff was shot and is receiving medical attention,” his office said in a statement.

According to early morning reports, a gunman fired on members of Congress practicing baseball Wednesday morning. U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise was among those shot, according to multiple media reports. According to Politico, Scalise is undergoing surgery for a gunshot wound to the hip and is in stable condition. News reports said that in addition to the Williams staffer and Scalise, two Capitol Hill police officers were also shot. CNN reported that the shooter is in police custody and was taken to a hospital.

According to The Associated Press, U.S. Rep Joe Barton said the shooting lasted up to ten minutes with dozens — possibly hundreds — of shots fired.

Williams, a former minor league baseball player, has coached the GOP Congressional team since 2013, according to his office.

Amid news of the shooting, the House’s legislative schedule went into flux on Wednesday, as members were alerted that that no votes were expected in that chamber today. Several committee hearings were postponed.

COVER: U.S. Rep. Roger Williams coaches the Republican baseball team ahead of the annual Congressional Baseball Game in June 2016. TEXAS TRIBUNE PHOTO by ABBY LIVINGSTON

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