House Majority Whip Steve Scalise Shot at Congressional Baseball Event

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise Shot at Congressional Baseball Event”

Gov. John Bel Edwards joined members of the Louisiana Legislature and the public in a prayer for Congressman Scalise in the Louisiana State Capitol Rotunda late Wednesday morning.

Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa said his officers were "in good condition" and their injuries were not life-threatening. Scalise, 51, the third-ranking Republican in the House, was shot in the hip and was in stable condition, undergoing surgery, according to a statement issued by his office.

"He had a lot of ammo", Flake said, adding that he believed the shooter was using a rifle.

President Donald Trump tweeted a message of support to his "friend and patriot" Scalise, calling himself "deeply saddened" by the incident in Alexandria, where schools were briefly placed on lockdown.

Republican lawmakers were practicing for the annual congressional baseball game.

DeSantis said as he walked to his vehicle, a man asked him if it was Republicans or Democrats practising. "Scalise was shot around second base and he crawled a little bit into the outfield".

About 15 to 25 people were at Simpson Field in Alexandria for the baseball practice when the gunman opened fire, eyewitnesses said. "And then he shot again and I started running in and I saw Scalise go down". "This morning the hearts of the whole House are with @SteveScalise, the courageous Capitol police, staff, and all those who were in harm's way", said House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), in a message posted to Twitter. They shot the shooter.

He said Wednesday's shooting has forced him to rethink his sense of security. Blue jeans and a blue shirt. I think he was anglo. "He had a rifle and I think he had an automatic pistol, but I wouldn't swear to it".

Hodgkinson owned a home improvement business but his license had lapsed a year ago, the News-Democrat reported.

"It was scary", Barton said. "We took cover behind the big block building". "I was getting down making sure my son was down", Barton said.

Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent in charge Tim Slater said it was "too early to say" whether it was an act of terrorism, or whether Scalise was targeted.

"We may have our differences, but we do well in times like these to remember that everyone who serves in our nation's capitol is here because, above all, they love our country", Trump said in the address.

Once the gunman was down, Flake said he ran to Scalise and used his phone to call the Whip's wife. He said he did so to ensure that Mrs. Scalise would not find out about the shooting through the media. The gunman reportedly fired approximately 50 shots that left at least five people injured. Scalise is part of the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives.

During his interview on CNN following the shooting, Brooks said of the incident, "The gunfire just seemed to never stop".

Two of the wounded were Capitol Hill police who were at the scene, witnesses said. In all, five people were taken to area hospitals, including the suspect, Alexandria police said.

Rep. Jared Huffman, a Democrat who represents California's north coast, said he and other members of the Democratic baseball team were practicing at a separate facility when they heard the news of the shooting.

Trump said that "many lives would have been lost without the heroic action" of the Capitol Police officers who took down the gunman.

Two of the other people shot were at George Washington University Hospital in critical condition, according to a statement from the hospital.

The House has canceled floor votes in light of the news and several House and Senate hearings have been canceled or postponed as well. Scalise and other members of Congress were in the middle of a Congressional baseball practice.

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