GOP Congress Members Were Shot in Mass Shooting During Baseball Practice
A gunman open fired on a group of GOP politicians during a charity baseball game in Virginia today. The weapon was fired up to 50 times with a rifle before the gunman was shot and wounded by Capital Police.
House Whip Steve Scalise from Lousiana was shot in the hip and hospitalized, but is expected to survive. Thankfully, Senator Jeff Flake and another congressman rushed to the field and worked to stop the bleeding, according to People magazine.
Three others were wounded, including a U.S. Capital Police officer and one of Rep. Roger Williams’ aides.
— Rep. Ruben J. Kihuen (@RepKihuen) June 14, 2017
“I think that with absolute certainty nobody would have survived without Capitol Police. Just incredibly brave,” Senator Rand Paul told CNN.
Nearly 25 GOP members were on the field that day, practicing for the Congressional Baseball game for Thursday night — a tradition since 1909.
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
“We are deeply saddened by this tragedy,” a statement from the White House read. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of Congress, their staffs, Capitol police, first responders, and all others affected.”