Majority Whip Steve Scalise Shot

Angie Massey
June 14, 2017

The popular annual face-off, which raises money for charity, was scheduled for Thursday evening at Nationals Park across the Potomac River in Washington.

The Congressional Baseball Game has been a tradition in Washington, D.C., since 1909.

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House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) was among those shot on Wednesday morning.

The official, who was not authorized to speak by name and spoke on condition of anonymity, also says the FBI is taking over the investigation, which is standard protocol in attacks involving federal officials such as a congressman. She said the officer had got out of a parked auto, drawn a handgun and shouted something to the man, who then opened fire. "My thoughts are with Rep. Scalise, the Capitol Police & all those impacted".

"I look around, and I see a rifle and I see a little bit of a body", he said. Police did not release the suspect's identity.

Democrats were also practicing at another field at a different location, CNN reported.

The representative said practice usually begins about six weeks before the game.

"We're safe & with police, everyone praying for GOP colleagues, staff & Cap police", Huffman tweeted. "By him [Scalise] being there probably saved everyone else's life because if you don't have a leadership person there you don't have a security detail there". The members whose names are bolded were at the practice.

The incident happened at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia. He was taken into custody at the scene of the shooting.

"This is not an active scene", Alexandria Police Chief said at a subsequent briefing. "We had no defense at all". He described hearing 50 to 100 shots and estimated five people were wounded, including Scalise.

As the news of the attack unfolded, members of the team including Senators Jeff Flake and Rand Paul and Representative Mo Brooks fanned out to give interviews to the media.

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At a Wednesday morning news conference, President Donald Trump announced the "assailant has now died from his injuries". Members of Congress were practicing for a game that was scheduled for Thursday night at Nationals Park.

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Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas, said a member of his staff was among the wounded. Rep.

The congressional baseball practice started at 6 a.m. "It sure as hell wasn't an accident".

Brooks said he heard 10 to 20 rounds from the gunman's rifle before the security detail returned fire.

The shooting took place at a practice for the GOP congressional baseball team. "They were in the middle of the ball park", he said. One source said the Republican lawmaker was wounded in the hip area.

Congressman Palmer said we must determine a way to bring this country together. "These are the heroes that stopped the massacre of men, women and children on the field today". "I heard him. I was close to the damn thing. This is terrible. I got bloody running and jumping into the dugout".

In a statement, the Capitol Police say, "Out of an abundance of caution, the USCP has deployed a robust police presence throughout the Capitol Complex".

Susan Griffiths, a spokeswoman at the George Washington University Hospital, said two people from the shooting were being treated at the hospital, both in critical condition. Gunshots hit the YMCA's windows, and the building was shut down and the block cordoned off, NPR's Tom Bowman reports from the scene.

A Congressional aide and two Capitol Police officers were also shot.

No security is provided to other members routinely - including to USA senators like Paul.

"Unspeakable evil. Pray that Rep Scalise, police officers and everyone else will be ok", Sen.

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., told CNN it was at least ten minutes until shooter was down.

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