Republican House Whip Scalise Was Shot In The Hip This Morning

"Fortunately, it was one of the good guys, one of our security detail who was shooting back".

Although the practice was taking place in Alexandria, Va., across the Potomac River from the Capitol, police were on hand to protect Rep. Scalise, the majority whip and No. 3 Republican in the House of Representatives. Steve has been a great friend to my family and Louisiana throughout his years as a public servant. "Their sacrifice makes democracy possible".

Scalise was in stable condition but undergoing surgery according to the last update released around 9:30 Eastern time.

Rep. Steve Scalise, a member of the House Republican leadership, is known for his love of baseball and the late-night meals he often serves his colleagues in his office near the Capitol's ornate Statuary Hall. Four people were shot and one congressman was shot in the hip. Williams was not shot. Jeff Flake, who was with Scalise in the hospital, reported that his colleague was awake and coherent throughout.

In a news conference, President Donald Trump said the assailant in the shooting is now dead.

Phelps said she learned Davis was all right through a staffer for the GOP lawmaker who helps run the congressional baseball practices. And I look around and behind third base, in the third base dugout, which is a cinderblock, I see a rifle.

"I saw the officer get hit, kind of slumping near the SUV", Filous said. "I heard him. I was close to the damn thing". Donna and I are praying for Congressman Scalise, his wife Jennifer, their two children, Madison and Harrison, and all those who were injured.

From her vantage point behind a tree, she saw a security officer leave a nearby SUV and attempt to confront the shooter with a handgun.

The shooting occurred at a popular park and baseball complex in Alexandria, Virginia, where lawmakers and others were gathered for a morning practice about 7 a.m.

He repeatedly praised the Capitol Police officers and first responders who quickly mobilized to the softball field where the Republican baseball team was practicing ahead of Thursday night's charity game against a Democratic team.

"We didn't know if there were other shooters that had us surrounded and would come into the dugout", Arizona Sen.

"He just got a long with everybody", he said.

A local resident who posted a video of the scene after the shooting said, "There were probably about 80 to 100 shots fired over there". But some argue that the left's anti-Republican rhetoric incited the violence.

Jack Posobiec, dubbed by the New York Times a "pro-Trump conspiracy theorist" also took to Twitter, referencing the NYC adaption of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar", which created controversy by casting a Trump-like figure as Caesar and questioning whether or not the show would continue following the shooting.

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