An unidentified gunman just opened fire on Republican members of congress Wednesday morning at a field in Alexandria, Virginia, where they were practicing baseball. The city is a suburb of Washington, D.C.
Congressman Steve Scalise, a representative of Louisiana’s first district was shot and is in stable condition, the main casualty, among other minor injuries. He was shot in the hip, and his aide was shot in the chest. He is the “Republican Whip,” the number 3 position in the party’s House hierarchy.
Rand Paul was among congressman to witness the shooting. According to Heavy:
“Senator Rand Paul, who was at the practice, told MSNBC’s Morning Joe that he was in the batting cage down the right field line at the field when he heard a “rapid succession of shots” Morning Joe. Paul added that he thinks he heard the gunman reload.
Paul said the perpetrator was wearing a blue shirt and the rifle sounded like an AR15.
According to reports, the shooter is down but caused multiple injuries, including Scalise and an aide. Scalise was shot in the hip, according to Fox News. The aide was shot in the chest.
Mo Brooks, U.S. Representative for Alabama’s 5th congressional district, used his belt as a tourniquet to stop the bleeding for Scalise, according to a report. Brooks is running for the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions.
Two Capitol police officers were also shot, according to WUSA9. Congressman Gary Palmer was also injured.”
It’s miraculous that this doesn’t happen more often, with the number of people affected by the actions of government (not to say this was a good thing, in any way).
This could have been any number of things: a professional shooter hired by political opponents, a person upset with the system, or something more complicated.
Maybe someone should look into Steve Scalise’s voting record.
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