5 Shot At GOP Baseball Practice Including House Majority Whip
“He was hunting us at that point. There was so much gunfire, you couldn’t get up and run," one lawmaker said.
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was among at least five people shot Wednesday morning after a gunman opened fire during a congressional baseball practice at a Virginia park.
The Republican lawmaker was shot in the hip and is in stable condition and undergoing surgery, according to NBC News.
"Prior to entering surgery, the Whip was in good spirits and spoke to his wife by phone," Scalise's office said in a statement. "He is grateful for the brave actions of U.S. Capitol Police, first responders, and colleagues."
Two Capitol Police officers were also wounded. Their injuries are being reported as non-life-threatening.
Alabama Republican Rep. Mo Brooks was at the baseball practice and told CNN, he heard a ‘blam.’
“I see a rifle and a little bit of a body. And then I hear another blam and realize that there’s an active shooter. At the same time I hear Steve Scalise over by second base scream.”
Brooks said that everyone in the field scattered.
Sen. Rand Paul, who was at the batting cages at the field, told MSNBC that he witnessed Scalise trying to drag himself through the dirt and out into the outfield.
"I probably heard 50-60 shots," Rand said. "Then finally we heard the response from the Capitol Hill police."
The shooter was shot by Capitol Hill police and was killed, according to President Trump. Federal law enforcement sources identified the gunman to CNN as 66-year-old James Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois. Police said it is too early to determine the motive.
“If not for the detail who stepped up with basic revolvers, we would’ve all been dead,” Rep. Mike Bishop from Michigan told the NYT, referring to the security team.
“He was hunting us at that point. There was so much gunfire, you couldn’t get up and run. Pop, pop, pop, pop — it’s a sound I’ll never forget.”