Republican Congressman, officers wounded in Washington shooting
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 14, 2017,
Jun 14, 2017, 18:05
The shooting occurred around 7 a.m. ET in the Del Ray area of Alexandria, just south of Washington, D.C., and about 8 miles from Capitol Hill.
It has been learnt that Scalise, the House majority whip, was in stable condition at George Washington University Hospital. A source told ABC News that Scalise's injury was not life-threatening.
Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who herself was shot in a 2011 attack, tweeted her support for her former colleagues.
President Donald Trump said in a statement that he and Vice President Mike Pence were aware of the shooting and are "saddened by this tragedy".
The shooting happened as Republican members of Congress were getting ready for the annual Congressional Baseball Game, which was scheduled for Thursday in Washington.
Rep. Tom Rooney said he left the practice five minutes before the shooting. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. "All of a sudden we heard a very loud shot".
"The first shot was kind of an isolated shot and everybody kind of looks up and says, 'Hey, what's that?'" Flake said the gunman was shot.
Katie Fillus of Alexandria had just gotten out of her auto to walk her dogs in the park nearby when she said she heard "very very loud popping sounds".
"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.
He said that one of the security detail had been shot in the chest and airlifted by helicopter.
Scalise's office says that prior to entering surgery, the congressman was in good spirits and that he spoke with his wife over the phone.
Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama tells CNN, "The gun was a semiautomatic" adding that he was sure it was a rifle but unsure what kind.
"We started giving him some liquids, I put pressure on his wound in his hip and Brad Wenstrup, a congressman from Cincinnati, Ohio, fortunately he's a physician, he started doing what you need to do to minimize the blood loss", Brooks said. Rep. Jeff Duncan said in a statement that he was at the practice and "saw the shooter".
Brooks also said the shooter shot two officers working protective detail for the Congress members at the event.