A shooter took to the field at practice for the annual Congressional Baseball Game, wounding at least five and reports of as many as twenty shorts fired into the crowd of Republican lawmakers and staffers.
#BREAKING Shooting at Congressional baseball practice. Scalise hit. Other staffers hit. Gunmen with rifle
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) June 14, 2017
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La) was reportedly shot in the hip. while he and other lawmakers were preparing for Thursday’s Congressional Baseball Game. The firing progressed for several minutes.
“Right now, we’re secure,” said Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala) in an interview with CNN. Brooks helped tend to the injured, even forming a tourniquet out of his belt to help one of the injured.
from @RepMoBrooks "Shooter attack at GOPpractice. Rifle. 50+ shots fired. 5 or more hit including GOP Whip steve scalise. I am not shot."
— Matt Murphy (@mattmurphyshow) June 14, 2017
The shooter, believed to be in custody, was armed with a semiautomatic rifle. Two Capitol Police officers were also shot while congressmen sheltered in place.
When Brooks’ was told that police considered the shooting a “deliberate act” he responded: “Well it sure shoot wasn’t an accident.”
— Mike Valerio (@MikevWUSA) June 14, 2017
The suspect, believed in custody, was identified as a white male in a report from The Hill.
It is unclear if the Congressional Baseball Game slated for Thursday will progress as scheduled.
WATCH: Reports shooter shot for at least 10 minutes from the dugout at a baseball park where Congressmen were playing baseball. pic.twitter.com/Chvdh7qUzY
— Good Morning America (@GMA) June 14, 2017
Scalise is the first member of congress to be shot since Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona in January of 2011. Giffords was recently honored by having a navy vessel named in her honor. Giffords responded to today’s shooting in a tweet as well.
My heart is with my former colleagues, their families & staff, and the US Capitol Police- public servants and heroes today and every day.
— Gabrielle Giffords (@GabbyGiffords) June 14, 2017
Very little is known about the shooter as of the publication, but Resistance Report will continue to cover this story as it develops.