Witness says it “would have been a massacre” if not for Capitol Police
House Majority Whip in the United States Congress Steve Scalise, two Capitol Police officer, and congressional aides were shot at Republican Congressional baseball team practice.
The shooting took place in Virginia.
5 people were taken to hospital.
Scalise was reportedly shot in the hip, and is said to be in stable condition.
US President Donald Trump tweeted about the shooting:
Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, a true friend and patriot, was badly injured but will fully recover. Our thoughts and prayers are with him.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 14, 2017
As reported by Fox News, Representative Mo Brooks described the moment the shooting:
“Behind third base, I see a rifle…I hear Steve Scalise over near 2nd base scream. While all of this is going on, Steve Scalise our whip was lying on the ground near the second base position crawling into right field, leaving a trail of blood. Finally the shooter was shot behind home plate as he was circling around to the first base dugout where there were a number of us congressmen and other folks. Our security detail was able to incapacitate him at that point. I don’t know if he [shooter] was dead. He was wounded. I don’t know how many times he was wounded.”
According to Representative Ron DeSantis, a man approached DeSantis and asked “if it was Republicans or Democrats practicing.” DeSantis says the shooting began 3 minutes later.
The shooter is reportedly in hospital, an the investigation is ongoing.
A “sort of a killing field.”
According to US Senator Rand Paul – who witnessed the shooting – “Without the Capitol Hill police it would have been a massacre.” He told Fox News it was “sort of a killing field.”
The shooter has been identified as 66 year old James Hodgkinson from Illinois.
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