Alexandria, VA - Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise and two Capitol police officers were shot Wednesday morning while at a congressional baseball game practice, according to Fox News. At least one of his aides was also shot, according to 11Alive.
The incident occurred at about 7:30 AM on East Monroe Street in Del Ray, near a YMCA, when a gunman with a rifle opened fire. Representative Scalise, who is also the House Majority Whip, was near second base when he was shot in the hip, and the aide was shot in the chest.
As many as five people including the shooter were shot as the gunfight erupted between the shooter, Capitol police, and the security detail for the Congressmen. Representative Mo Brooks, an Alabama Republican, said he was hiding behind a plastic barrier used to protect people from foul balls. He said that he rushed to a dugout to help a staffer, and used his belt as a tourniquet for the staffer, who had been shot in the calf.
Representative Steve Scalise was in the field with other House Republicans when the incident occurred. The Congressional Baseball game was scheduled for Thursday night at Nationals Park, according to The New York Daily News.
According to Alexandria police, the shooter is in custody. Senator Rand Paul said that "a massacre" would have taken place if Capitol police had not been there.
It is reported that an unknown staffer used a belt as a tourniquet on Representative Steve Scalise's wound to stop the bleeding. Scalise is described as laying by himself for at least 10 minutes as others were pinned down during the shooting.
There are also conflicting reports about the number of congressional aides that were shot.
In a tweet, Press Secretary Sean Spicer said, "President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were aware of the situation, and “Our thoughts and prayers are with all affected.”
President Trump issued a statement which said, "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."
The shooter was described as appearing to be a white male in his early 50s. Other congressmen present described the shooter's weapon as a long gun.
No further details have been released at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with all.
UPDATE: The shooter was identified as James Hodgkinson, and has died from his gunshot wounds.
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