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Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, center, and other members of the Republican Congressional softball team, stand behind police tape of the scene of a multiple shooting in Alexandria, Va., Wednesday, June 14, 2017, where House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La. was shot. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top House Republican, Steve Scalise of Louisiana, was shot by a rifle-wielding gunman Wednesday at a congressional baseball practice just outside of Washington. Several other people were also wounded, officials said.

Capitol Police said officers who were part of Scalise’s security detail returned fire and wounded the shooter, who was taken into custody. In all, five people were taken to area hospitals, including the suspect, Alexandria police said.

Scalise, 51, the No. 3 House Republican leader first elected to the House in 2008, was in stable condition and undergoing surgery at a nearby hospital. His injuries were not believed to be life-threatening. It was not known the condition of the others who were shot.

President Donald Trump said he was “deeply saddened by this tragedy” and was monitoring developments.

The shooting occurred at a popular park and baseball complex in Alexandria, Virginia, where lawmakers and others were gathered for a morning practice about 7 a.m. The team was taking batting practice when a gunshot rang out and chaos erupted, lawmakers on the scene said.

“All of a sudden we heard a very loud shot. The gunman was over by the third base dugout with a clear view of the field,” Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., told CNN.

Scalise was fielding balls on second base when he was shot, Flake said. He said the congressman dragged himself 10 to 15 yards into the outfield to get further away from the gunman.

Initial reports said that as many as 50 shots had been fired, but Flake said, “50 would be an understatement. He had a lot of ammo.”

Katie Filous was walking her two dogs near the field when she heard “a lot of shots, probably more than 20.” She said the shooting “went on for quite a while.”

Filous said she saw the shooter hit a uniformed law enforcement officer, who she said was later evacuated by helicopter. She said the officer had gotten out of a parked car, drawn a handgun and shouted something to the gunman, who then fired.

Once the gunman was down, Flake ran to Scalise and tended to him. He said he grabbed Scalise’s phone to call his wife.

“I just didn’t want her to wake up and learn the news,” Flake said.

Rep. Mo Brooks, an Alabama Republican, said that Scalise had what appeared to be “a hip wound.” The Alabama lawmaker said he colleague “crawled into the outfield, leaving a trail of blood.”

“We started giving him the liquids, I put pressure on his wound in his hip,” Brooks said.

Brooks said two law enforcement officers were believed to be among the others shot.

Texas Rep. Roger Williams says a member of his staff was also shot and was receiving medical attention. Williams did not say what condition the staffer was in.

House Speaker Paul Ryan’s office said Scalise’s wounds were not believed to be life-threatening and that a member of the security detail was also shot.

Rep. Jeff Duncan said in a statement that he was at the practice and said “saw the shooter.”

“Please pray for my colleagues,” Duncan said.

Associated Press reporters Chad Day, Mary Clare Jalonick, Ken Thomas, Vivian Salama and Sarah Brumfield contributed to this report.

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29 thoughts on “Top House GOP Leader Shot At Congressional Baseball Practice

  1. specialt757 on said:

    “OK so you do Condon comments praising James Hodgkinson’s actions” Just like you condone the racists and stupid comments made my larry, petey and the other trolls.
    btw I don’t condone those comments, but as already mentioned, joking about those murder victims is not now or will ever be funny.

    • Diane on said:

      Why is it called a terriost attack when white ppl shot, but when a real terriost killed the blk church goers in South Carolina it’s barely called a hate crime?? Really?

    • You hear that S.D., Deb, Diane joking about shooting victims is not funny
      You see I know that, thank you for finally saying to others who thought so that it’s not

  2. @Jose’ your back-handed sly bullshit logic is just that, BULLSHIT. You try to cover your racist ass comments with weak ass logic and weak sarcastic humor. You’re not funny but you are literally too stupid to insult.

    • OK so you do Condon comments praising James Hodgkinson’s actions and like those who made them you only wish there could have been more loved ones morning the loss
      of their fathers, sons ect.,,,,OK Well Dylan Roof just felt he was only shooting coconuts and it was no big deal

  3. S.D. on said:

    There are some levels at which gun control is necessary and required. However, no amount of gun control is going to stop the evil-heartedness of man. That train has left the station. Evil, angry, bigoted individuals can never be stopped by any form of legislation. And to you, Kate and Jhuf, it’s not just criminals who do such damage with guns – – some of the worst crimes are committed by “law-abiding” citizens. Change a man’s heart and you won’t need legislation. Think on that.

    • If a law abiding citizen did “such things with guns”, they wouldn’t be law abiding citizens. They would be criminals. Hence, only criminals “do such things with guns.” Think on that.

      • S.D. on said:

        You will notice that I emphasized “law-abiding” in sarcastic quotations. If it’s a pissing contest you want, go somewhere else……….

      • jhuf on said:

        (sarcastic quotations) you mean like “obviously he was one of those basket deplorables that voted for Hillary since he attacked Rep.s” Yep I get it

  4. mrknowitall on said:

    On president Trump’s birthday, the left wing intolerant progressive, racist, bigoted democratic party, has offically become a terrorist organization.

    • I wonder how you’d react if someone with a different political affiliation rode up beside your mother and plugged her in the temple, and someone made the same comments you and Deb made. Would you still be gloating?

    • jhuff on said:

      Yep the old guy was no Dylan Roof was he??? now that ol boy put his practice to good use
      I’m sure his friends are saying the same thing you and Deb are:)

      • “Yep the old guy was no Dylan Roof was he??? now that ol boy put his practice to good use”
        Are you kidding me? Do you think that shit is funny? Hopefully, I’m missing your logic here because I don’t find your comment funny or appropriate at the expense of those people killed or injured in D.R.’s hate filled massacre.

      • Special: PLEASE pull your head out of your ASS and allow yourself to consider that my
        Response was in protest of (L) and (Deb) which apparently you have NO problem with their outrages comments, sweetie don’t try and take a moral high ground if you can’t
        admonish every ones inapproprate comment

  5. Diane on said:

    He’s one of those anti ppl congressmen. And another onenodvtheir colleagues have been shot and they still won’t pass Hun control legislation. Oh well!!

    • OK so what is this ignorant ill-informed liberal mantra about “gun control” Dem’s are always spouting? Libtards have some of the strictest gun laws in DC NY Chicago CA
      And those are the areas of the most gun violence, your supposed to be intelligent but you keep espousing some of the dumbest talking points with no real substance

      • Diane on said:

        U want to talk about dumbass talking points. Look at your fake prez. Jeff sessions and all of his ilk. Those are you’re dumbass talking fart’s.

      • Yeah. Gun laws make it easy for criminals to obtain them and hard for the law abiding to protect themselves. They sure as hell don’t seem to be working for Chiraq.

      • jhuf on said:

        Diane: Well again spouting your liberal buzz word catch phrases just like “comprehensive Immigration Reform” that don’t mean sh!t
        What the hell does “gun control” consist of???? Bill Clinton passed the most egregious
        and sweeping GC legislation back in 94 it did nothing to stop the worst mass shooting in US history at the time we can’t control the tons of drugs that come into this country every year, there are enough guns in the U.S. right now every man woman and child could have at least 2 apiece so please tell us how President Diane and her majority members of all branches of Government are going to stop gun violence??????????

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