GOP Lawmaker Among Five Shot At Congressional Baseball Shooting
Republican Congressman Steve Scalise was shot in the hip and suffered an injury that was said not to be fatal
GOP Majority Whip Steve Scalise and two Capital Police officers were reportedly among the five injured in a shooting early Wednesday morning at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, VA, about ten miles south of Washington D.C.
ALERT: APD investigating multiple shooting 400 block E Monroe St. Suspect believed in custody. Stay from area, let emergency vehicles thru.
— Alexandria Police (@AlexandriaVAPD) June 14, 2017
Reports said that Scalise was shot in the hip in injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening.
President Donald Trump tweeted that Scalise “was badly injured but will fully recover.”
Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, a true friend and patriot, was badly injured but will fully recover. Our thoughts and prayers are with him.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 14, 2017
The suspected lone gunman was reportedly shot by police and transferred to the hospital.
Alexandria Police Chief Michael Brown said that police arrived to the scene in three minutes and that “at this point, there is no additional threat.” He added that they would not identify the victims of the attack before they were able to interview all witnesses to the event.
Trump wrote in a statement that he and Vice President Mike Pence were “aware of the shooting incident in Virginia and are monitoring developments closely. We are deeply saddened by this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of Congress, their staffs, Capitol Police, first responders, and all others affected.”
— Lauren Gambino (@laurenegambino) June 14, 2017
About 50 shots were fired around 7:30 am at the baseball field near the Y.M.C.A. where members of a congressional team regularly practice, a congressional official said.
“It looks like only one shooter, so you’ve gotta assume he knew what he was doing,” Republican Senator Jeff Flake told reporters at the scene, who added that two members of Scalise’s security detail were among those shot.
“I can tell you with absolute certainty nobody would have survived without the Capital Police. It would have been a massacre without them,” Republican Senator Rand Paul, who was also at the baseball practice, told CNN.
Active shooter situation during this mornings trip to the Y. Terrifying. Am ok. Sheltered in place & under lockdown. pic.twitter.com/iJs6fZpjiK
— Joseph Miscavige (@JoeMiscavige) June 14, 2017
Congressman Mo Brooks told CNN that the shooter “appeared to be a white male…if I had to guess, middle aged.”
“I don’t know if [the suspect] was killed, but I tell you I don’t have any kind thoughts about the shooter so let’s leave it at that,” said Brooks.
Text from Mo Brooks, who was at the congressional baseball game practice. pic.twitter.com/gRVj8YjTIU
— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) June 14, 2017
VIDEO: Witness to shooting. pic.twitter.com/tfcZot6ZPb
— Will Drabold (@WillDrabold) June 14, 2017
This is a developing story, please check back for updates.