In an encouraging, rare display of bipartisan compassion, House Democrats were snapped gathering to pray for their GOP colleague Steve Scalise, the Majority Whip who was injured in a Wednesday morning shooting at a Congressional baseball game practice.
The baseball practice was attacked by a lone gunman this morning, injuring two Capitol Police officers in addition to Rep Scalise and, reportedly, at least two others. None of the injuries appear to be life threatening and the shooter is in police custody.
— Rep. Ruben J. Kihuen (@RepKihuen) June 14, 2017
“Had they [the Capitol Police] not been there, it would have been a massacre,” Senator Rand Paul, who witnessed the attack told Fox News. Capitol Police were present because Scalise is a member of Congressional leadership and is given extra security.
— WPEC CBS12 News (@CBS12) June 14, 2017
The baseball practice game was part of an upcoming bipartisan charity baseball game that was set for Thursday. The shooting took place at the Republican practice, and the shooter has been described as a white male who wielded a rifle.
No other details about him have been released to the public.
Witnesses said Rep. Scalise was shot and dragged himself to the outfield, where he lay for at least 10 minutes while police exchanged fire with the shooter. Finally, Rep. Brad Wenstrup of Ohio, a former physician, was able to reach him and apply pressure to the wound.
In a statement, President Donald Trump said he and Vice President Mike Pence were “monitoring the situation.”
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) June 14, 2017