Steve Scalise is reportedly in a stable conditionby Prospect Team / June 14, 2017 / Leave a comment
A gunman opened fire at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, a city in Virginia, around 7:30am EDT today.
Alexandria police have confirmed that a shooting at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park occurred, and that one person is in custody. The weapon is believed to have been a rifle.
Mo Brooks, Representative for Alabama’s 5th congressional district, tweeted that a “shooter attacked a GOP baseball practice. Rifle. 50+ shots fired. 5 hit including Steve Scalise. I am not shot.” In his estimate, 50 to 100 shots were fired. He has since tweeted that he is praying for those injured.
Praying for those injured at this morning's practice. I'm especially thankful to the US Capitol Police who risked their lived to protect us.
— Mo Brooks (@RepMoBrooks) June 14, 2017
Among the victims were House of Representatives Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who is in a stable condition at George Washington University Hospital. According to Brooks, Scalise was shot in the hip. He told CNN that the shooter was taken down by a member of Scalise’s security detail.
Shortly before the attack the shooter asked whether the politicians on the pitch were Republicans or Democrats, MSNBC is reporting. They were all Republicans: members of both parties are training for a Republican v Democrat game, scheduled for Thursday, but the Democrats practice separately.
Scalise, 51, has represented Louisiana’s First Congressional District since 2008.
US President Donald Trump has issued a statement saying that he and his Vice President Mike Pence are “deeply saddened” by the tragedy, and has also taken to twitter in the wake of the tragedy.