Horrific tragedy struck this morning at a practice for the Congressional baseball game.
A deranged shooter unleashed a hail of gunfire on Republican members of Congress.
One was shot and you won’t believe the incredible act of bravery that brought this rampage to a merciful end.
Congressional Republicans were practicing for the charity baseball game in Alexandria, Virginia when a gunman descended on the practice field.
He fired off 50-60 bullets and wounded five, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, a Republican from Louisiana.
“Rep. Steve Scalise — as well as a congressional staffer and members of the congressional police force — was shot Wednesday morning in Alexandria, Virginia, in what sources are calling an apparent “deliberate attack.”
Scalise, a member of the House Republican leadership as the majority whip, appeared to have been shot in the hip and it appeared two Capitol Hill police agents were shot, according to Rep. Mo Brooks, who told CNN he was on deck when the shooting occurred.”
President Trump offered his thoughts and prayers and revealed the news that Scalise was expected to recover.
Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, a true friend and patriot, was badly injured but will fully recover. Our thoughts and prayers are with him.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 14, 2017
Witnesses described the chaotic scene where a gunman opened fire on Republicans and the heroic bravery of the Capitol Hill police who returned fire and eventually took down the shooter.
“Lawmakers who spoke at the scene to reporters described a normal morning practice, at a field where they’ve practiced for years, when all of a sudden shots rang out. Lawmakers, staff members and even the young son of one of the members ran for cover, jumping into dugouts and over fences to avoid the gunshots.
Members described Scalise dragging himself roughly 15 yards away from second base, where he had been playing, 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.
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.”
The Capitol Hill police were only on the scene because Scalise – as a member of House leadership – has around the clock police protection.
The attack also appeared deliberate.
At least one member of Congress told police the gunman had asked whether Republicans or Democrats were the ones on the field before opening fire.
I’m told Rep. Jeff Duncan plans to give a statement to police regarding a conversation he had with the shooter before leaving practice early
— Rebecca Berg (@rebeccagberg) June 14, 2017
We will keep you up to date on this developing situation.