A top House Republican, Steve Scalise of Louisiana, was shot Wednesday at a congressional baseball practice just outside of Washington, officials said. Several other people were also believed to have been hit, according to a lawmaker who witnessed the shooting.
Rep. Brad Wenstrup of Ohio (R-2nd Dist.), a veteran, was on the scene according to various reports. Wenstrup told Fox News, “I felt like I was in Iraq but without my weapon.”
Scalise, the House majority whip, was in stable condition at George Washington University Hospital, according to one congressional aide. His injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.
President Donald Trump said he was “deeply saddened by this tragedy” and was monitoring developments.
The shooting occurred at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, where lawmakers and others were gathered for a morning practice. Alexandria police said a suspect was taken into custody and “not a threat.”
Rep. Mike Bishop, R-Mich., said Scalise was at second base when he was shot.
“I was looking right at him,” Bishop told Detroit radio station WWJ. “He was a sitting duck.”
Rep. Mo Brooks, an Alabama Republican, said two law enforcement officers were believed to be among the others shot.
Brooks said that Scalise, 51, was down on the ground with what Brooks described as “a hip wound.” The Alabama lawmaker said he colleague “crawled into the outfield, leaving a trail of blood.”
“We started giving him the liquids, I put pressure on his wound in his hip,” Brooks said.
House Speaker Paul Ryan’s office said Scalise’s wounds were not believed to be life-threatening and…
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