On Wednesday, ABC and others reported that Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., and three others were shot while practicing for a charity baseball game in Alexandria, Virginia. According to a senior member of GOP leadership, Scalise “was hit in the hip and should be OK.”
A law enforcement source said a suspect is in custody and that the suspect was wounded and taken to George Washington University Hospital. There was no information on a motive.
The shooting took place in Alexandria’s Del Ray neighborhood, where a number of members of Congress were practicing for the annual charity congressional baseball game set for tomorrow. Only Republican members of Congress were at this practice; Democrats practiced separately earlier in the morning.
Witness Ben Childers told ABC News’ “Good Morning America” he was in his apartment when he heard gunshots and he said he saw congressional members running off a baseball field.
“There were three members that were kind of headed over toward our apartment, so we ran down and got them into our apartment so they could shelter in place. They also said that Steve Scalise had been shot and was on the ground on the baseball field,” Childs added.
“I was on deck about to hit batting practice on the third base side and I hear, ‘Bam.’ And I look around and behind third base … I see a rifle. and I see a little bit of a body,” Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., told CNN. “At the same time I hear Steve Scalise over near second base scream,” he added. “He was shot.”
Brooks and another congressman applied a tourniquet to try to slow down the bleeding, the report further said.
A security detail returned fire and about 50-100 shots were fired, Brooks recalled.
Rand Paul of Kentucky, Jeff Flake of Arizona, Jimmy Duncan of Tennessee, Brad Wenstrup of Ohio, Joe Barton of Texas, Matt Gaetz of Florida, Steven Palazzo of Mississippi and Steve Pearce of New Mexico were also at the scene.
“The Vice President and I are 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,” President Trump said. The shooting took place just seven miles from the White House.
Rep. Maxine Waters issued a tweet Wednesday, saying her thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the shooting:
My thoughts & prayers are w/ Rep. Scalise, staff, and all others affected by this horrific incident in Virginia.
— Maxine Waters (@RepMaxineWaters) June 14, 2017
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This is a breaking story. Updates will be provided as they are available.
Update 1: Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., said he was asked by a man who fit the description of the shooter, “Are those Republicans or Democrats out there practicing?”
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