Wednesday morning, a gunman opened fire on a GOP baseball practice in Alexandria, VA. Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise and four others were wounded in the gunfire. They have all been taken to the hospital by EMT, but the status of their conditions has not been released yet.
The congressmen were gathered to practice for a congressional baseball game that was scheduled for Thursday. Details are still unknown of how the gunman found them or entered the field. The attack lasted 10 minutes. US Capital police was able to disarm the suspect and take him into custody.
President Trump tweeted in response: “Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, a true friend and patriot, was badly injured but will fully recover. Our thoughts and prayers are with him.”
The Daily Caller reports:
Texas Congressman Roger Williams said in a statement that one of his staffers was hit during the attack and is receiving medical attention. Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake believes at least 50 shots were fired during the attack, which lasted approximately 10 minutes.
Sen. Rand Paul told Fox News the event would have been “a massacre” without Scalise’s security detail. Non-leadership members of Congress do not have attached security details. Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks told CNN he used his belt as a tourniquet for Scalise after he was wounded.
“The gun was a semiautomatic,” Brooks said. “It continued to fire at different people. You can imagine, all the people on the field scatter,” he added. :There was so much gunfire, you couldn’t get up and run. Pop, pop, pop, pop — it’s a sound I’ll never forget,” Michigan Rep. Mike Bishop told The New York Times.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of Congress, their staffs, Capitol Police, first responders, and all others affected,” The White House said in a statement after the incident. Florida Rep. Ron DeSantis told Fox News an individual approached him prior to the shooting asking whether the congressman practicing on the field were Republicans or Democrats.