GOP Whip Steve Scalise Shot At Early Morning Baseball Practice

A suspect is in custody.

  • Scalise and others were practicing for an annual congressional softball game.
  • Five people, including the suspect, were transported to a local hospital.
  • President Donald Trump said he’s “deeply saddened” by the news.

WASHINGTON ― A gunman opened fire on a group of Republican lawmakers practicing for a congressional baseball game at around 7 a.m. on Wednesday morning in Alexandria, Virginia, hitting several people.

Victims included House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), who was there braving the heat with others to practice for the annual event. He was shot in the hip and is being treated at the nearby GWU Hospital, The Associated Press reported. His injuries are not life-threatening, ABC and NBC said.

Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) told reporters that he used his belt as a tourniquet to stop Scalise’s bleeding.

Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas) said one of his staffers was also shot.

Five people, including the suspect, were transported to a local hospital, Alexandria Police Chief Michael Brown said during a press conference Wednesday. Officials would not identify the victims.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) who was also at the practice, told MSNBC that Scalise crawled through the dirt, bleeding, to get away from the shooter. Paul also said that a number of aides were lying down during the attack as the shooter fired bullets their way.

U.S. Capitol Police Chief Matthew R. Verderosa said officers at the event responded and engaged the suspect in gunfire. Alexandria Police responded to assist shortly after shots were fired, he said.

Paul told CNN that “nobody would’ve survived” had Capitol Police not been there. “It would’ve been a massacre without them,” he said.

The members were practicing for the Congressional Baseball Game, a Washington, D.C., tradition dating back to 1909. The event pits Republicans against Democrats for a charity event that raises funds for area nonprofits, including the Washington Literacy Center, the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington and the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation. This year’s game is scheduled for Thursday night.

The practice was taking place at a baseball field in Alexandria, Va., a suburb just over the river from Washington.

Police shut down the streets for blocks around the field early Wednesday, and a helicopter was flying overhead.

Lawmakers from both parties expressed sympathy for the victims. President Donald Trump said that he was “deeply saddened” by the news.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of Congress, their staffs, Capitol Police, first responders, and all others affected,” he said in a statement.

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