Congressman Steve Scalise, Several Others Shot at Baseball Practice: 'It Was Basically a Killing Field'
Scalise appeared to be shot in the hip, according to a witness. The shooter, identified as James T. Hodgkinson, is dead, President Trump said Wednesday.
High-ranking Republican Congressman Steve Scalise was shot at a congressional baseball practice in Virginia early Wednesday but is in stable condition, according to reports.
The gunman, identified as James T. Hodgkinson, was taken down at the scene and has died of his injuries, President Trump said in an address from the White House Wednesday morning.
Two Capitol police officers and an aide to Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas) were also shot when Hodgkinson opened fire on the baseball field on E. Monroe Street in Richmond.
Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama, who was also at the practice, told The Associated Press that Scalise, 51, suffered "a hip wound" and was down on the ground.
Footage showed Scalise, a Louisiana congressman and the House of Representatives Majority Whip, being taken away on a stretcher. Rep. Brooks said he did not see the congressman lose consciousness.
A statement from Scalise's office said he was in stable condition and was undergoing surgery Wednesday morning.
"Prior to entering surgery, the Whip was in good spirits and spoke to his wife by phone," the statement said. "He is grateful for the brave actions of the U.S. Capitol Police, first responders, and colleagues."
Rep. Williams, was taken away on a stretcher, but he was not struck by any bullets, Fox News reported. But one of his aides, Zack Barth, was among those shot.
I now can confirm that Zack Barth, who is a legislative correspondent in my office, was shot this morning at baseball practiceJune 14, 2017
He is receiving medical attention but is doing well and is expected to make a full recovery.June 14, 2017
Five people were transported to nearby hospitals, including the suspect, Alexandria Police Chief Michael Brown said.
"The field was basically a killing field," Sen. Rand Paul told CNN.
Republican lawmakers had been practicing for a bipartisan baseball game scheduled for Thursday when the gunfire rang out Wednesday morning.
Sen. Jeff Flake told reporters that Scalise was on second base when they all heard a "very loud shot" and saw a gunman by the third base dugout.
A couple more shots then rang out "and we knew what it was," Flake said.
"We climbed into the dugout and tried to get our own people engaged; some people were calling 911," he said.
"Scalise dragged himself after he was shot... 10 or 15 yards into the field... a bit further from the gunman," Flake continued.
An injured staffer brought the gunman down, he said. "When the shooter was down, I ran low out to Steve and started putting pressure on his wound."
Rep. Brooks told CNN that he used a belt as a tourniquet on one of the victims, while Ohio Congressman Brad Wenstrup, who's a doctor, applied pressure to the wound.
Democratic members of Congress were reportedly at their own baseball practice a few miles away when they heard the news. They immediately stopped and prayed together, according to CBS News.
President Donald Trump canceled a planned appearance at the Department of Labor scheduled for Wednesday morning after news of the shooting broke.
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