Steve Scalise, Republican representative from Louisiana, was among the five people injured in a shooting at a baseball field in the Virginia city of Alexandria, just minutes away from the U.S. Capitol. The group was there to practice for an upcoming recreational baseball match between Democratic and Republican congressional teams at Nationals Park on Thursday night. Two police officers and a congressional aide were also wounded by the gunman at the YMCA field on Wednesday morning. U.S. President Donald Trump has since released a statement on the incident, saying, “We are deeply saddened by this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of Congress, their staffs, Capitol Police, first responders, and all others affected.”
According to witnesses, the gunman was armed with a rifle and fired off about 50 bullets while saying nothing. U.S. Representative Mo Brooks, an Alabama Republican, says that he immediately approached one of the wounded and used his belt as a tourniquet in an attempt to slow down the bleeding from a gunshot that hit the victim’s leg. “My adrenaline is raging. It’s not easy to take to when you see people around you being shot and you don’t have a weapon yourself,” Brooks said. According to Brooks, he saw Scalise shot in the hip around the second base area of the field, and saw the Louisiana representative trying to drag himself to the outfield to get away. Police eventually arrived and apprehended the culprit five minutes after the first shots. Meanwhile, the YMCA was placed under lockdown while the situation could be sorted out.
Active shooter situation during this mornings trip to the Y. Terrifying. Am ok. Sheltered in place & under lockdown. pic.twitter.com/iJs6fZpjiK
— Joseph Miscavige (@JoeMiscavige) June 14, 2017
Scalise is one of the stronger conservative leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives, proudly supporting the suburban area of New Orleans. In fact, he is the majority whip, making him the third-highest ranking member of the House, just behind majority leader Kevin McCarthy and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.