5 shot, including top congressman, in Virginia baseball field attack

Investigators gather near the scene of a shooting June 14, 2017, in Alexandria, Virginia. (Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP)

Investigators gather near the scene of a shooting June 14, 2017, in Alexandria, Virginia. (Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP)

Steve Scalise of Louisiana in stable condition after being struck in the hip by a bullet; suspected gunman in police custody

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia (AFP) — At least five people including a top Republican congressman were wounded in a Washington suburb early Wednesday morning when a shooting erupted as they practiced for an annual baseball game between lawmakers.

Senior congressman Steve Scalise was shot in the hip, according to fellow Republican lawmaker Mo Brooks who told CNN at least two law enforcement officers and one congressional staffer were also shot in the incident in Alexandria, Virginia.

“Five people were transported medically from the scene,” Alexandria police chief Michael Brown told a press conference.

Police said the shooting suspect was in custody and “not a threat.”

US President Donald Trump said he was closely monitoring the developments in Virginia, and that Scalise, the majority whip who rallies Republican votes in the House of Representatives, was expected to recover.

In this May 17, 2017 photo, Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., speaks with the media on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

In this May 17, 2017 photo, Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., speaks with the media on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

“Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, a true friend and patriot, was badly injured but will fully recover. Our thoughts and prayers are with him,” Trump tweeted.

In a statement earlier, Trump described himself as “deeply saddened by this tragedy,” saying his “thoughts and prayers are with the members of Congress, their staffs, Capitol Police, first responders and all others affected.”

About 25 senators and congressmen were at the practice, according to Senator Jeff Flake who told reporters some 50 shots rang out in the exchange of fire between the gunman and the lawmakers’ security detail, at around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Flake said the suspect was a white man with dark hair, apparently in his 40s or 50s, wearing jeans and a blue shirt.

Asked whether he thought it was a random shooting, Brooks told CNN: “It sure as heck wasn’t an accident.”

“People know this is the Republican baseball team practicing,” he said. “You can tell. You can recognize many of us. You can see our security detail.”

Investigators gather near the scene of an opened fire June 14, 2017 in Alexandria, Virginia. (Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP)

Investigators gather near the scene of a shooting on June 14, 2017 in Alexandria, Virginia. (Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP)

“It is pretty well known at the neighborhood who those folks are on the baseball field and where we practice.”

“He knew who we were. I’m a former prosecutor and, yeah, he was going after elected officials, congressmen.”

‘Dragging his body’

Brooks described chaotic scenes after Scalise was shot.

“He was not able to move on his own power. He was dragging his body from the second base infield to the outfield to get away from the shooter while all this firing was going on,” Brooks said.

“He is a physician and we deferred to his judgment on what to do. I held a cloth over the wound to stop the bleeding as Brad was getting some kind of scissors device to cut through the pants to try to have better access to Steve Scalise’s wound and his hip.”

Brooks said he took off his belt and used it as a tourniquet to stop the bleeding on a staffer who was shot in the leg.

Local schools were locked down.

Police tape cordons off the scene of an early morning shooting in Alexandria, Virginia, June 14, 2017. (AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski)

Police tape cordons off the scene of an early morning shooting in Alexandria, Virginia, June 14, 2017. (AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski)

“A lock-in takes place if a threat is identified outside the school. All school doors are locked but classes continue as normal. No entry into or exit from the school will be allowed,” said a message from Alexandria City Public Schools.

Scalise, a representative from the southern state of Louisiana elected to Congress in 2008, heads the conservative House caucus known as the Republican Study Committee.

The staunch conservative is among the lawmakers leaving the drive to repeal former president Barack Obama’s signature health care law, among other top Republican priorities.

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6 comments

  1. Jim

    I could be wrong, but I’ve heard that the shooter was a Bernie Sanders voter. Today is Donald Trump’s birthday and Flag Day. Hmm? Could be a signal threat to Donald Trump? I hope not. Bernie Sanders is anti Christian. He loves socialism. I wouldn’t be surprised the shooter could be a mind control. I do believe the mind control EXIT by the government, especially CIA. We all need to praying for Donald Trump and his family safety.

    • Gordon King

      Thanks for your comment Jim!

      I haven’t heard that yet, but I suspected that this man was probably very liberal. I do know that Bernie Sanders is anti-Christ. I agree we need to be praying for Donald Trump, his cabinet, and all of our elected officials.

      God bless!

      • Jim

        I’ve never seen anything like this. 30 years ago I graduated from high school, back then was nothing compared today. It is crazy. Especially when Obama ran for 8 years, it was a JOKE!!!!!!! Why aren’t Congress pressed charges former FBI director for cover up Hillary Clinton? Loretta Lynch should have been went to the prison. Why aren’t Congress doing anything about Obama, Clinton, Lynch and Jim Comey? Oh wait……..they can blasted at Trump and Christians and Jews. Right? They are too soft with Muslim and how can’t Congress see that Muslim are killing people around the globe?

      • Gordon King

        Thanks for your comment Jim!

        Nothing ever happened with Hillary Clinton and her email scandal over Benghazi, I thought that she was going to be brought to justice? At least Comey was fired, what ever happened to Lynch? Nothing. They are all part of a leftist ploy, following the lead of the hidden elite to usher in a One World Government, it’s an evil agenda, one which includes lawlessness and no self-control. Deceive the masses, push political correctness and tolerance for all, divide the people and create chaos and confusion, isn’t this what we now see in Europe? And just look at what is happening over there, the EU is crumbling, the invasion of Muslims is overtaking the nations, and many countries are at the brink of financial collapse, it’s a nightmare without a cure. Sounds to me like the world is getting setup for the ushering in of the Antichrist!

        God bless! Maranatha!

  2. Jim

    I agree with you Gordon. By the way did you hear about Idaho Judge did not sentence 3 teenage Muslim boys that they raped 5 years old white girl? I was sicken and speechless. What is the heck going on with our judges across the nation? I’ve told Lord God, this world is getting sick and evil and I can not wait for the rapture.

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