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Published On: Wed, Jun 14th, 2017

Virginia shooting: Republican House Whip Steve Scalise, staffers, police shot

Rep. Steve Scalise, as well as a congressional staffer and members of congressional police, was shot Wednesday morning in Alexandria, Virginia, in what police are calling an apparent “deliberate attack.”

Scalise is the majority whip in the House of Representatives. He was shot in the hop along with two Capitol Hill police agents, according to Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks, speaking with CNN.

This shooting occurred during a practice for the GOP congressional baseball team and Brooks was “on deck.”

Scalise was at second base when shot, reportedly dragging himself roughly 15 yards away and lying there until the shooter was neutralized, at which point some of them ran to assist him and apply pressure to the wound until he could be evacuated.

Once they were able, Sen. Jeff Flake said he and Rep. Brad Wenstrup, who is a physician, went out to where Scalise was lying to apply pressure to the wound. Scalise was coherent the whole time, Flake said.

“Prior to entering surgery, the whip was in good spirits and spoke to his wife by phone,” a statement from Scalise’s office said. “He is grateful for the brave actions of U.S. Capitol Police, first responders and colleagues.”

Scalise was in stable condition but undergoing surgery.

In a statement, Texas Rep. Roger Williams, one of the team’s coaches, said one of his staff members was shot during the incident and is receiving medical attention. There was no information on the staffer’s injuries.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul told CNN “it would have been a massacre” without Capitol Hill Police.

“Nobody would have survived without the Capitol Hill police,” Paul said on CNN. “It would have been a massacre without them.”

“We had nothing but baseball bats to fight back against a rifle with,” Brooks said.

Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake added that he saw a member of Scalise’s security detail return fire on the gunman for what felt like 10 minutes, even though the police officer was wounded in the leg.

“50 (shots) would be an understatement, I’m quite sure,” Flake said when asked about the total amount of gunfire, including police returning fire.

Flake said two members of Scalise’s security detail were wounded, and another man was wounded in the chest.

Brooks said the shooter appeared to be a white male but added that “I saw him for a second or two.”

He said the shooter was behind the third base dugout and didn’t say anything.

“The gun was a semiautomatic,” Brooks said, adding that he was sure it was a rifle but unsure what kind. “It continued to fire at different people. You can imagine, all the people on the field scatter.”

Two law enforcement sources told CNN the shooter, who is in police custody, has been taken to a hospital.

Members of Congress were practicing for a game that was scheduled for Thursday night at Nationals Park.

UPDATE: The original post has the last week of “Scalia” instead of “Scalise” which has since been corrected.

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  1. Illinois man James Hodgkinson identified as Virginia shooter, Bernie Sanders supporter | The Global Dispatch says:

    […] Virginia shooting: Republican House Whip Steve Scalise, staffers, police shot […]

  2. Maggie says:

    You need to correct the name in your headline from Scalia to Scalise! It’s correct in the article itself.

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