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Congressman Steve Scalise Shot at Alexandria, Virginia, Baseball Park


A gunman opened fire at congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Va., on Wednesday morning, wounding House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and members of his security detail in a scene that Sen. Rand Paul said could have been a “massacre.”

It does not immediately appear that there were any fatalities, and the gunman is in custody, according to law enforcement. The identity and motivation of the shooter was not immediately disclosed.

Alexandria Police Chief Michael Brown said five people were transported medically from the scene.

The lawmakers were practicing for the annual congressional ballgame when the shooting took place in Alexandria, Va.

According to Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), Scalise was wounded in the shooting. “He’d crawled into the outfield but leaving a trail of blood. We started giving him some liquids,” Brooks said on CNN.

Brooks was not hit. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said members of Scalise’s security detail were also shot.

Alexandria Police tweeted that the shooting suspect was in custody. “UPDATE: Suspect is in custody and not a threat. PIO will be on scene shortly to share updates,” the authorities wrote.

"Nobody would have survived without the Capitol Hill police," Sen. Rand Paul said. "He was just killing everyone - he would've. It would have been a massacre."

“And having no self-defense, the … field was basically a killing field. If you were to run out while the killer was still shooting, he could have shot anybody."

President Donald Trump issued a statement on Wednesday saying he and Vice President Mike Pence are "deeply saddened" by the shooting.

"The Vice President and I are aware of the shooting incident in Virginia and are monitoring developments closely. We are deeply saddened by this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of Congress, their staffs, Capitol Police, first responders, and all others affected," the president said.

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

Brooks identified a handful of other lawmakers in attendance at Wednesday morning’s practice, including Paul and Flake, as well as Reps. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.), Chuck Fleischmann (R-Tenn.), Roger Williams (R-Texas), Joe Barton (R-Texas) and Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio). Brooks said Wenstrup, a medical doctor, immediately attended to victims, including Scalise.

Brooks said Wenstrup, a medical doctor, immediately attended to victims. Rep. Gary Palmer (R-Ala.) also received medical attention, Brooks said in his interview with CNN. The Alabama congressman said the gunman fired from behind the field’s third base dugout and was using a rifle. He said the protective detail that travels with some members of Congress returned fire.

“And I look around and behind third base in the third base dugout, I see a rifle,” Brooks said. “And I see a little bit of a body and then I hear another bam and I realize there is an active shooter. At the same time I hear Steve Scalise over near second base scream. She was shot. He's our majority whip.”

The Alabama congressmen went on to describe that he never saw Scalise lose consciousness, though there was a “15 foot” stream of blood behind him.

Brooks then realized that the rifle was a semiautomatic weapon as chaos ensued.



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Muslim Global: Congressman Steve Scalise Shot at Alexandria, Virginia, Baseball Park
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