House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, Four Others Shot at Congressional Baseball Practice

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House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, Four Others Shot at Congressional Baseball Practice

Steve Scalise, a top House Republican from Louisiana, was shot early this morning in Alexandria, Va. The representative was on a baseball field practicing with the Republican congressional baseball team.

A rifle-wielding gunman stood outside the fence by third base, and covered the baseball field’s only exit, according to Michigan Rep. Mike Bishop. The gunman opened fire all over the field, and Republican lawmakers were forced to try and take cover wherever they could, as escape was virtually impossible.

Thankfully, the security detail opened fire on the gunman with their service revolvers, hitting the gunman and taking him into custody. The Alexandria police arrived at the field only three minutes after being called. All in all, they estimate the gunman fired some 50 rounds onto the field before being taken down.

According to The NYT, Scalise was hit in the hip near second base and tried to drag himself to the outfield to escape the gunfire. It’s believed that at least five people were hit, but, thankfully, there don’t appear to be any deaths as of now. Scalise is in stable condition and is expected to recover.

A tweet from a nearby civilian shows a few pictures of bullet holes from errant bullets:

Hopefully, we’ll learn more soon as the details surrounding this horrible situation become more clear.