Wednesday morning, a gunman opened fire on members of Congress practicing for a charity baseball game at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria, Virginia, injuring Rep. Steve Scalise and others.
At least five people were injured, including Scalise, the House majority whip. A senior member of GOP leadership said Scalise “was hit in the hip and should be OK.”
Alexandria police said that five people were transported to local hospitals, including the suspect. Police did not release the suspect’s identity.
The shooting took place in Alexandria’s Del Ray neighborhood, which is roughly 7 miles away from the White House in Washington, D.C.
Rep. Mo Brooks, said, “I was on deck about to hit batting practice on the third base side and I hear, ‘Bam.’ And I look around and behind third base … I see a rifle. and I see a little bit of a body.
“At the same time I hear Steve Scalise over near second base scream,” Brooks added. “He was shot.”
Brooks said he took off his belt and he and another congressman applied a tourniquet to try to slow down the bleeding.
Brooks said a security detail shot back at the active shooter. Brooks estimated that 50 to 100 shots were fired.
A staff member working for Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas, was among those shot, according to a statement from Williams’ office.
Williams’ office said the armed gunman arrived at the baseball practice, opening fire at about 7 a.m.
Williams’ office added the Republican baseball team holds practice every morning at 6:30 a.m. ET at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park and that Williams is the team’s coach.
Besides Brooks, Williams and Scalise, other Republican members of Congress at the scene were: Rand Paul of Kentucky, Jeff Flake of Arizona, Jimmy Duncan of Tennessee, Brad Wenstrup of Ohio, Joe Barton of Texas, Matt Gaetz of Florida, Steven Palazzo of Mississippi and Steve Pearce of New Mexico.
The FBI responded to the scene.
President Donald Trump said in a statement, “The Vice President and I are aware of the shooting incident in Virginia and are monitoring developments closely. 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.”
He also added on Twitter: