Mo Brooks describes Va. shooting, assists wounded

Rep. Scalise is reported to be stable condition and police have confirmed that the shooter, who was stopped by return fire from the U.S. Capitol police, is in custody and the scene is secure.

Palmer released a statement this afternoon that he was about 20 yards from Hodgkinson when he began shooting near the third baseline.

Without Capitol Police, "it probably would have been a massacre", Sen. Congressional staffers and Capitol Hill police were also among those shot. "One of our security details who was shooting back. there must have been 50-100 shots fired".

The baseball team was practicing for the annual charity Congressional Baseball Game, which Palmer said was planned to honor victims of the recent terror attacks in London.

Brooks said Scalise was shot in the leg (some reports said hip) and was bleeding heavily, but was conscious the entire time Brooks was with him.

I was on deck about to hit batting practice on the third base side of home plate and I heard a loud "bam" and I look around and behind third base and the third base dugout, which is cinder block, I see a rifle.

Members of Congress generally do not travel with a security detail once they leave the Hill unless they request one. "I have no doubt that there would have been people killed".

After the incident, Rep. Brooks was asked about what he thought about the "gun situation" in the United States now that he has survived a shooting. The 2nd Amendment right to bear arms is to help ensure that we always have a republic.

"As with any constitutional provision in the bill of rights, there are adverse aspects to each of those rights that we enjoy as people", he said. "The gun was a semiautomatic", Brooks told CNN.

Brooks said he would like to know more about the background of the suspected shooter before passing judgment on him.

Brooks said at least five people were wounded, Brooks said.

The game is expected to raise an estimated $550,000 to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington, the Washington Literacy Center, and the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation.

  • Leroy Wright