BREAKING: Congressman, Staffer, Police Officers Shot at Republican Baseball Practice

by SUSAN JONES June 14, 2017

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) said at least five people, including Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), were shot at a baseball field in Alexandria, Va. on Thursday morning by a gunman who was shot at the scene by Capitol Police.

Rep. Brooks told CNN in a live phone call at 8 a.m. that he is aware of at least five people injured, including a congressional staffer and two law enforcement officers in addition to Scalise.

Brooks said Scalise was shot in the leg (some reports said hip) and was bleeding heavily, but was conscious the entire time Brooks was with him.

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) told CNN that Scalise was at second base when the shooting started. He managed to drag himself about 15 yards away from the plate. Because he is the House Majority Whip, he gets police protection, and that's why Capitol Police were at the field.

Flake said he picked up Scalise's cell phone and called Scalise's wife so she wouldn't hear about the shooting from news reports.

The Republican team was holding an early-morning practice at the field in preparation for a charity game against Democrats.

Reports said multiple shots were fired by someone behind the third-base dugout, which the gunman apparently used as protection. Brooks said the gunman "appeared to be a white male," middle-aged, and heavy-set. He reportedly survived and is now in police custody.

"It's never easy to take when you see people around you getting shot and you don't have a weapon yourself so you're not in a position where you can help defend. So you're pretty helpless. It's - it's not a good situation to be in," Brooks told CNN.

Brooks praised the bravery of Capitol Police, but added, "pistols against a rifle is not a fair fight."

Rep. Ron DeSantis  (R-Fla.) told Fox News that as he left the ball field, a man walked to his car and asked DeSantis if it was Republicans or Democrats practicing. The shooting erupted shortly after that, DeSantis said.

The Congressional Baseball Game, Republicans vs. Democrats, had been scheduled for June 15 at Nationals Park.

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Susan brings to CNSNews.com a strong background in broadcast writing and editing. She joined CNSNews.com in April 1999, after working for 18 years as a television producer and news-writer in the Washington, D.C., Denver, and Greensboro, N.C., television markets. Susan holds a bachelor's degree from Mount Holyoke College and a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University.    


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