House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and Rep. Roger Williams, along with multiple congressional aides, were shot in a baseball dugout in Virginia this morning. The man who shot them used a rifle and a pistol, and it is being reported he asked someone if they were Democrats or Republicans. At least two officers, one male and one female, who were Scalise’s security detail, were also wounded. The only people armed there were the shooter and the cops. This was a Republican-only baseball outing.
There are conflicting reports currently that the shooter was wounded and sent to the hospital. Senator Mike Lee says the shooter is dead. I keep hearing that the suspect is in custody, I guess we’ll see. Five have been shot along with two of the security detail. One staffer was shot in the chest and a lobbyist was shot. Scalise is in stable condition and is now in surgery. He was shot in the hip. This is a developing story.
From Fox News:
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and Rep. Roger Williams were shot and multiple congressional aides were also hit by a gunman with a rifle who opened fire at a GOP baseball practice in Virginia Wednesday morning, Fox News confirmed.
Scalise was in stable condition.
— Sean Spicer (@PressSec) June 14, 2017
The gunman was shot by U.S. Capital Police, apprehended and taken to the hospital, officials said. Sen. Mike Lee told Fox News, however, the gunman was killed. The incident occurred at Simpson Field in Alexandria, about 10 miles from Washington D.C.
Rep. Roger Williams, R-Tex., was seen being taken from the field in a stretcher but it was unclear if he was struck by a bullet.
“Finally the shooter was shot behind home plate as he was circling around to the first base dugout where there were a number of us congressmen and other folks,” Rep. Mo Brooks told FMTALK1065. “Our security detail was able to incapacitate him at that point. I don’t know if he [shooter] was dead. He was wounded. I don’t know how many times he was wounded.”
Rep. Brooks reportedly used his belt as a tourniquet to stop the bleeding of an aide who was shot in the leg. One of the police officers was hit in the leg as well. “The Vice President and I are aware of the shooting incident in Virginia and are monitoring developments closely,” President Trump said in a statement. “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.” DHS is monitoring the event.
Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-FA, told Fox News he left just before the shooting. As he walked to his car, a man asked DeSantis if it was Republicans or Democrats practicing. About three minutes later, at around 7:15 a.m. the shooting began. It reportedly last about 10 minutes. I understand somewhere around 50 rounds were fired. It could have been much, much worse. Rep. Brad Wenstrup told Fox News he “felt like I was in Iraq but without my weapon.” Sen. Jeff Flake said the congressional group were “sitting ducks.” “Without the Capitol Hill police it would have been a massacre,” Sen. Rand Paul told Fox News, describing the scene as “sort of a killing field.
More to come on this, I’m sure. My prayers and thoughts are with those shot today, except for the shooter… I hope he rots in hell.
UPDATE: The shooter is indeed dead. He was a Bernie Sanders supporter and hated President Trump.
Majority whip Steve Scalise on a stretcher as he’s evacuated after shooting in Alexandria. pic.twitter.com/VANlEDdGew
— Craig Newman (@craignewman) June 14, 2017
Photo of Rep. Steve Scalise following shooting at Virginia baseball field during a Congressional baseball practice. pic.twitter.com/PRATI54OrJ
— Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) June 14, 2017
— Rep. Ruben J. Kihuen (@RepKihuen) June 14, 2017