House Majority Whip shot at congressional baseball practice
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 14, 2017,
Jun 14, 2017, 20:23
Scalise, who was standing on second base, sustained a "hip wound". Paul also noted that the only reason everyone present didn't die was because Capitol Hill police were present - and that their presence, ironically enough, was because Scalise, a GOP whip, is a part of the House leadership.
Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama was on the field at the time and says at least 50 shots had been fired. Scalise and the two police officers are reportedly in stable condition. "I see a rifle, I see a little bit of a body.and then I realize that there's an active shooter", he said, describing the moment he realized there was a shooter.
"We were doing batting practice", said Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona.
Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., said this incident points to the need for more security for congressional members, especially in light of the amount of angry people at town halls lately.
"Fortunately secret service was here because Steve Scalise was here", he said.
The official, who was not authorized to speak by name and spoke on condition of anonymity, also says the FBI is taking over the investigation, which is standard protocol in attacks involving federal officials such as a member of Congress.
Scalise is the current US House of Representatives Majority Whip and representative for Louisiana's 1st congressional district. The Republican team was there practicing for a charity baseball game. Sen.
Alexandria Police said that officers arrived within three minutes and that two officers "engaged in gunfire". The police, who are advising residents to stay away, said the suspect was in custody and not a threat.
Vice President Mike Pence also tweeted a statement, writing that he and his wife were praying for those injured in the shooting.
Rep. DeSantis who at baseball practice recalls: "A guy...walked up to us that was asking whether it was Republicans or Democrats out there".
He adds, "Our thoughts and prayers are with him".
President Trump is expected to speak from the White House on the shooting. Trump says Scalise was "badly injured, but will fully recover". We are deeply saddened by this tragedy.