At least 2 people shot at congressional baseball practice

Posted June 15, 2017

A shooting Wednesday morning that wounded House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and three others at a practice for a congressional baseball game "just gives a black eye" to passionate political expression, an Oklahoma congressman said.

The shooting happened shortly after 7 a.m., with lawmakers practicing their hitting and fielding a day before the annual charity congressional baseball game pitting Republicans against Democrats.

At least five people were wounded, Brooks said, naming Scalise along with a congressional staff member, two law enforcement officers, and another officer who was either with the Capitol Police or Secret Service.

A shooting during a congressional baseball practice has injured Rep. Steve Scalise of MI, according to a report by The Washington Post. "Thank you for the thoughts and prayers". "I am incredibly thankful for the fearless actions of the Capitol Police officers and first responders at the scene". Fortunately, it was one of the good guys, one of our security detail, who was shooting back. "Scalise's security detail and Capitol Hill police immediately began to return fire and Alexandria police also immediately came and began to return fire", he said.

"My prayers are with the victims and their loved ones who where injured in today's attack at a congressional baseball practice". "I put pressure on his wound in his hip".

Rep. Jeff Duncan said in a statement that he was at the practice and said "saw the shooter". At that time, the police were causing all of us to gather outside the first base line and the chain-link fence and cordoning off the area to help ensure if there was a second shooter we would be better protected.

"After the first shot, then there was a rapid succession of shots, five or 10 shots", said Paul, who was in a right field batting cage when shots first rang out. A government official says Hodgkinson is the suspect in the Virginia shooting that injured Rep. Steve Scalise and several others.

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Initial reports said that as many as 50 shots had been fired, but Flake said, "50 would be an understatement".

The President is monitoring the situation, the White House said in a statement.

Mo Brooks described the "trail of blood" he saw on the baseball field as Scalise and staffers tried to crawl off the field.

At the Kansas capitol building, Capitol Police officers, part of the Kansas Highway Patrol, have "increased visibility" of the Statehouse, Lt. Terry Golightley said. Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., told reporters Scalise was doing well after surgery. "He was dragging his body from the second base infield to the outfield to get away from the shooter while all this firing was going on", Brooks said.

While firearms are strictly regulated on the Capitol grounds and in the rest of the District of Columbia, gun laws in Virginia - where the shooting took place - are significantly less strict.

Katie Filous was walking her two dogs near the field when she heard "a lot of shots, probably more than 20".