Video has emerged of Congressman Steve Scalise being taken away on a stretcher after a gunman shot him during a Congressional baseball practice for a charity game.
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Scalise was not the only person injured in the mass shooting. At least one other Representative, Roger Williams, was also wounded and two Capitol police officers were also shot after they returned the gunman’s fire. According to Fox News, five people were transported to the hospital, but it was not clear how many of those people were shot.
Scalise was taken to the hospital, where he is in stable condition.
The shooting broke out when the gunman asked another politician whether Republicans or Democrats were practicing. He then opened fire at the Congressmen and their aides who were practicing for a charity game at the Virginia park. “Finally the shooter was shot behind home plate as he was circling around to the first base dugout where there were a number of us congressmen and other folks,” Rep. Mo Brooks told FMTALK1065. “Our security detail was able to incapacitate him at that point. I don’t know if he [shooter] was dead. He was wounded. I don’t know how many times he was wounded.”
The Capitol police officers, who survived the attack, shot the gunman at the scene, preventing further injuries.
Scalise is a Republican Congressman from Louisiana. He is also the majority whip of the U.S. House.
Scalise was shot in the hip, but another congressman, Mo Brooks, applied a tourniquet to stem his bleeding.
The gunman has not yet been identified, but he was taken into custody at the scene. President Donald Trump tweeted after the incident, calling Scalise a “true patriot”: “Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, a true friend and patriot, was badly injured but will fully recover. Our thoughts and prayers are with him.”
According to CNN, the shooting represented a “deliberate targeting” of members of Congress not seen since the Gabby Giffords shooting.
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., told CNN the shooting lasted for about 10 minutes until Capitol Police shot the gunman.
“I was the first out to Steve, and then Brad another member from Ohio” who is a doctor also came to help Scalise. “We applied pressure on the wound. He was coherent the whole time… He laid out there for at least ten minutes alone in the field, and we couldn’t get to him” because of the gunfire, he said, according to USA Today. “I got Steve Scalise’s phone and called his wife.”