Congressman among multiple people shot at congressional baseball practice

Steve Scalise

A Republican congressman was among multiple people shot Wednesday at a baseball field where the GOP congressional team practices in Alexandria, Virginia.

GOP Majority Whip Steve Scalise was among several who were reportedly hit, including two officers with the Capitol Police.

The police have one suspect in custody. Witnesses described the shooter as a man armed with a rifle and scope.

A congressional aide said Scalise was in stable condition at George Washington University Hospital. He is reportedly undergoing surgery for a hip wound.

Rep. Roger Williams, who was at the baseball practice, confirmed that a member of his staff was shot and is receiving medical attention. A female Capitol Police officer is also reportedly being treated at Washington’s MedStar hospital.

Rep. Mo Brooks, who was also at the baseball practice, said on CNN that Scalise was shot in the hip.

“He had crawled into the outfield, leaving a trail of blood,” Brooks said.

Brooks told CNN the shooter was trying to take out the congressional security detail before “getting to the rest of us.”

Here’s an image of Scalise being loaded on to an ambulance after being shot:

It appears the shooting was not random. Brooks said on CNN, “It sure as heck wasn’t an accident.”

Rep. Ron DeSantis told Fox News a person had earlier been asking whether the practicing members of Congress were Republicans or Democrats, though it was unclear whether that person was the shooter.

Baseball Shooting Alexandria Virginia Bullet Hole
Emergency personnel are seen through a window with a bullet hole in Alexandria, Va., Wednesday, June 14, 2017. Joseph Miscavige via AP

At least one member of Congress credited Scalise’s presence at the practice with saving others’ lives. Sen. Rand Paul said on MSNBC that Scalise’s position as the House majority whip — a member of leadership — was the reason police officers were present.

“Had they not been there, it would have been a massacre,” Paul said.

President Donald Trump released the following statement after 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.”