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Rep. Steve Scalise Shot At GOP Baseball Practice

Rep. Steve Scalise shot at GOP baseball practice

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) is in stable condition after being shot early Wednesday at a baseball practice field in a Washington, D.C., suburb, according to multiple reports.

Scalise was one of several people shot at the practice in Alexandria, Va., where it is believed a single gunman fired as many as 50 shots at lawmakers and aides who scrambled for cover.

A police spokesman told The Washington Post that the shooter had been shot and was taken to the hospital.

The Alexandria police chief said it was too early to discuss the suspect’s motive.

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), his voice breaking, told CNN that “at least five” people were shot at the field, while Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said six people had been wounded.Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who said he was at the batting cage at the time of the incident, told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that he heard as many as 50 shots and described what he believed was the shooter reloading.

Paul described a frightening scene, with shots landing near aides who had taken cover on the ground. One staffer, he said, scrambled over a fence to get away from the fire.

Scalise’s office said he was in good spirits and had talked to his wife before undergoing emergency surgery after being shot in the hip.

“He is grateful for the brave actions of U.S. Capitol Police, first responders, and colleagues,” the office said. “We ask that you keep the Whip and others harmed in this incident in your thoughts and prayers.”

At about 10:40 a.m., Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told reporters that Scalise was out of surgery.

“He’s out of surgery, doing well,” McCarthy said as he left House Speaker Paul Ryan’s office. “We’re very thankful for the Capitol Police. They saved a lot of lives today.”

McCarthy, who was in the House gym during the shooting, said he knows both injured Capitol Police officers personally, and he praised them effusively.

“Those two Capitol Police are amazing individuals. … One got shrapnel, one was shot. And if you talk to the members who were there, they will tell you they went out into the fire to draw the fire at them. The shooter was moving toward the dugout where the members were, and had they not been able to take him down [it would have been much worse].”

McCarthy declined to answer questions about the motivation of the shooter, and said the House will be back in session on Thursday.

Brooks and Paul both described Scalise as dragging himself away from the fire.

Brooks said one of the congressmen present at the shooting applied a tourniquet to Scalise to help him.
“I took off my belt, and myself and the other congressman, I don’t remember who, applied a tourniquet to try to slow down the bleeding,” he said.

“You’re pretty helpless,” Brooks told CNN of the scene. He said he had hit the ground when the shooting began, but then decided along with others to try to find better cover.

“The two or three of us that were lying belly down on the ground, we made a decision, but we all got up, and we sprinted toward the third base dugout so we’d at least have some cover,” he told CNN.
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House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) was shot in the hip while the lawmakers practiced for the annual congressional charity baseball game, authorities said. Five people, including the suspect who was wounded when Capitol Police officers returned fire, were transported to a local hospital.

The suspect was in custody and “not a threat” as of 8:25 a.m. local time, Alexandria Police said.

Authorities haven’t determined whether the attack was politically motivated, Tim Slater, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, said Wednesday during a press conference.

“It would have been a massacre” if Capitol Police hadn’t been on the scene, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) told MSNBC.

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House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) is in stable condition after being shot early Wednesday at a baseball practice field in a Washington D.C. suburb, according to multiple reports.

Scalise was one of several people shot at the practice in Alexandria, Va., where it is believed a single gunman fired as many as 50 shots at lawmakers and aides who scrambled for cover.

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), his voice breaking, told CNN that “at least five” people were shot. Two Capitol Police officers on protective detail were also reportedly shot in the incident.

via Rep. Steve Scalise shot at GOP baseball practice | TheHill

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