Top Republican Steve Scalise Wounded In Multiple Shooting

Steve Scalise


A US Republican politician and aides have been shot during baseball practice in Virginia, US reports say.

Police in the upmarket Washington DC suburb of Alexandria said they were investigating a “multiple shooting” and a suspect was in custody.

US media said House of Representatives Majority Whip Steve Scalise and aides had been hit by gunfire.

Police tweeted they were “investigating multiple shooting 400 block E Monroe St. Suspect believed in custody.”

An apparent eyewitness said on Twitter that gunfire rang out at the YMCA baseball fields, by the Eugene Simpson Stadium Park.

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The witness, @ben_childers, said it happened at a congressional baseball team practice session.

Local media report there is a major police presence after the attack.

Senator Mike Lee, a Utah Republican, texted Fox News to say that Mr Scalise had been shot in the hip and would survive.

He said someone had used a belt as a tourniquet on him.

Mr Lee said the shooter had used a long gun and was dead.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer tweeted that President Donald Trump was being briefed.

“Both @POTUS & @VP are aware of the developing situation in Virginia. Our thoughts and prayers are with all affected,” Mr Spicer tweeted.

Representative Mo Brooks, an Alabama Republican, told CNN he was on third base during the baseball game when he saw Mr Scalise, who was on second base, shot.

He said everyone on the field scattered as 50 to 100 shots were fired.

Mr Brooks said a gunfight ensued between the shooter and the congressmen’s police security detail.

CNN reports that two police officers were also shot.

Mr Brooks said the shooter was armed with a rifle and opened fire from behind the dugout, using it for protection.

The congressman, who said he took refuge behind a batting cage, described the attacker as a middle-aged white male “a little on the chubby side”.

Mr Brooks said Senator Rand Paul, of Kentucky, and congressmen Chuck Fleischmann, of Tennessee, Ron DeSantis, of Florida, and Jeff Duncan, of South Carolina, were also at the game.


Source: BBC News


3 Comments on Top Republican Steve Scalise Wounded In Multiple Shooting

  1. What I’m expecting from this is …… “call for full gun control, this is a result of the Rs trying to take away health care, Globull warming is causing this, Trump is causing people to melt down.”

    The left will go full attack now.

  2. I cannot help but wonder if this is in response to Trump stating recently there will be no discussion on gun control AND if this was intended to take place on the day the Hearing Protection Act was to go in to informal hearings and discussion in the House?

    I sure do hope the HPA passes in spite of everything.

  3. Rick, do you ever sleep?
    It’s fascinating to watch the dimms using various forms of attack against those they hate. This guy tries shooting at the practicing GOP softball team while 192 dim reps file a suit against Trump on the same day. Diabolical little b’tards, aren’t they?
    You’re correct, the Trump side needs to initiate an aggressive offense.

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