House Majority Whip, others shot at congressional baseball practice

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WCBD) — House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana was shot Wednesday at a congressional baseball practice in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia, Congressional officials say.

The shooting happened in the 400 block of E. Monroe Street. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., said several other people also were hit, including two law enforcement officers.

“Scalise was on second base, and was crawling out, leaving a trail of blood,” said Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., in an interview on CNN.

Sen. Rand Paul, who was among the lawmakers at the scene, told MSNBC that Scalise as a House leader always has Capitol Police with him as security detail.

It was not immediately clear if the wounded officer was part of Scalise’s detail.

Rep. Roger Williams of Texas says his aide, Zack Barth, was among those shot. Williams tweeted Barth’s name and also discussed his condition.

He says Barth “is receiving medical attention but is doing well and is expected to make a full recovery.”

The congressman is asking that people respect the privacy of the legislative correspondent.

Senator Jeff Flake, an Arizona Republican, said the shooter was injured and said it appears like it was one shooter that “knew what he was doing,” while speaking with reporters on the sidelines of the field.

He estimated about 25 members were on the field when he heard a very loud shot and the shooter had “a rifle of some type.”

Flake said one staffer was shot in the field and the security detail then responded with firing their own weapons, returning fire until the suspect was down.

He also told reporters that he took Scalise’s phone to call his wife, making sure she did not hear the news indecently.

“He has a lot of ammo,” Flake said. He said the gunman raised the rifle and some members of Congress questioned his presence.

He described him as having white hair and with a blue shirt on, with a clear line of site to the members.

Flake said, “50 would be an understatement” in response to how many rounds of fire were shot.

Scalise was on second base fielding balls when the gunman took aim, according to Senator Flake.

Alexandria Police tweeted that the suspect was believed to be in custody. They added that the suspect was believed and “not a threat.” The victims were being rushed to the hospital.

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are aware of the ongoing situation, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said in a tweet. “Our thoughts and prayers are with all affected.”.

The president tweeted, “Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, a true friend and patriot, was badly injured but will fully recover.”
He adds, “Our thoughts and prayers are with him.”

The Democrats are being held securely in the dugout where they are practicing, according to Rep. Jared Polis, D-Co.

A baseball game was scheduled for Thursday, according to Roll Call.

Scalise was in stable condition, said two different senior-level GOP aides. One source said the Republican lawmaker was wounded in the hip area, according to NBC News.

US Capitol Police say they have ‘robust police presence’ around the Capitol, but the building is still open following the shooting.

“Out of an abundance of caution, the USCP has deployed a robust police presence throughout the Capitol Complex, ” a statement from the agency said. It didn’t mention any of the victims by name but said “the incident involved a member of Congress and USCP personnel.”

Scalise’s office released the following statement:

This morning, at a practice for the Congressional Baseball Game, Whip Scalise was shot in the hip. He was transported to MedStar Washington Hospital Center, where he is currently undergoing surgery. He is in stable condition.

Prior to entering surgery, the Whip was in good spirits and spoke to his wife by phone. He is grateful for the brave actions of U.S. Capitol Police, first responders, and colleagues.

We ask that you keep the Whip and others harmed in this incident in your thoughts and prayers.

South Carolina lawmakers took to social media to express their concerns about the shooting incident:

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