Rep. Steve Scalise, others shot at congressional baseball practice


At least 20 Republican members of Congress were in attendance at this morning's baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, when a gunman began firing, injuring House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La, and at least four other people.

A man who opened fire on a Republican congressional baseball practice in Virginia has been identified as a 66-year-old man from Belleville, Ill. Alexandria Chief Michael Brown said his officers arrived three minutes after the first emergency call came in at 7:09 a.m. ET, and two of them joined the gunfight.

Steve Scalise, the House majority whip, headed into surgery at a hospital in Washington at 10 a.m., according to a statement from his office. "He is grateful for the courageous actions of the U.S. Capitol Police, first responders, and colleagues".

In a message directed to Rep. Steve Scalise, the Louisiana Republican wounded in the attack, Trump said: "America is praying for you, and America is praying for all of the victims of this awful shooting".

"All of a sudden I notice a guy's got a rifle and he's shooting at us", he told a news station. The Vermont senator said he was "sickened" by the shooting.

"I hear Steve Scalise over near second base scream". Some of our people have been hit.

"I believe that there's such a hatefulness in what we see in American politics and policy discussions right now". "Many have been shot, but a lot like me got bloody running for cover", he said.

A previous statement from Scalise's office indicated he was stable, "in good spirits" and about to undergo surgery.

"It is just a madhouse here", Fleischmann said.

A senior member of the GOP leadership told ABC News that two members of Scalise's security detail, as well as a staffer and a lobbyist, were also shot.

"All of a sudden we heard a very loud shot".

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

"He was not able to move under his own power. He was shot", said Brooks, adding he helped apply a tourniquet with his belt to a congressional staffer who was shot in the leg. "And then he shot again and I started running in and I saw Scalise go down".

Scalise's injuries are not life-threatening, authorities said.

Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., said this incident points to the need for more security for congressional members, especially in light of the amount of angry people at town halls lately.

The shooting occurred one day before the Republican team is scheduled to play in the annual Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park.

Members of the Democratic Party's team were practicing elsewhere Wednesday morning; after the attack, they tweeted a photo of themselves taking a moment to think of their colleagues.