Steve Scalise Was Shot at a Congressional Baseball Practice. Here’s What You Need to Know

Steve Scalise Was Shot at a Congressional Baseball Practice. Here’s What You Need to Know
Steve Scalise Was Shot at a Congressional Baseball Practice. Here’s What You Need to Know

United States House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (Republican of Louisiana) is interviewed at the White House in Washington, DC following the passage of the American Care Act (AHCA) on May 4, 2017.  Ron Sachs—AP

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Multiple people were shot, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, when Republican members of Congress were practicing for a congressional baseball game at a Virginia field on Wednesday, officials said. A suspect was in custody and victims were being taken to hospitals, according to police.

Here’s what to know about the shooting.

What happened?

Gunfire erupted at a baseball field in Alexandria, Va., where Republican Congress members were practicing for an annual charity game, according to police and witnesses. The circumstances surrounding the shooting are unclear.

Who was shot?

At least two people — Scalise and a congressional aide who has not yet been identified — were shot, witnesses said. Scalise was hit in the hip area but is in stable condition at George Washington University Hospital, a congressional aide told the Associated Press. The 51-year-old Louisiana lawmaker is the No. 3 House Republican leader and was elected to the House in 2008.

Alabama Republican Rep. Mo Brooks said other people were also shot, including two law enforcement officers. But authorities have not yet confirmed how many people were wounded.

Five people were taken to the hospital, Alexandria Police Chief Michael Brown said at a news conference. Brown declined to release their identities and conditions.

Who is the suspect?

The identity of the suspected gunman is not yet known. Police confirmed that a suspect is in custody and is “not a threat” any longer. The suspect was taken into custody after exchanging gunfire with law enforcement, Brown said.

How did officials in Washington react?

President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter that Scalise “was badly injured but will fully recover.” Trump called Scalise a “true friend and patriot.” Earlier, the President issued a statement, saying he and Vice President Mike Pence were “deeply saddened by this tragedy.”

“Our thoughts and prayers are with him,” Trump tweeted.

A bipartisan cast of lawmakers also posted their thoughts wishing Scalise a speedy recovery.

Why were the lawmakers playing baseball?

They were practicing for the Congressional Baseball Game. The game, which was set for Thursday, is an annual partisan tradition that dates to 1909. It pits Democratic House members against Republican House Members in a friendly game that raises money for charity.


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