BREAKING: GOP congressman, others shot during baseball practice outside D.C.
By Christen Smith
The scene of a shooting at a GOP baseball practice near Washington D.C. on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. (Photo: Shawn Thew via CNN)
A Republican congressman and at least two others were struck Wednesday morning when a gunman opened fire at a baseball field 10 miles outside the nation’s capital city.
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise suffered a gunshot wound to the hip after witnesses told Fox News a man armed with a rifle and a pistol fired 50-100 rounds at more than two dozen people gathered at Simpson Field in Alexandria, Virginia for one last practice before Thursday’s Congressional Baseball Game.
The event, a congressional tradition dating back to 1909, pits Republicans and Democrats against each other for charity. Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake told local media he’s practiced with fellow congressional Republicans at the field in Alexandria for 16 years and anticipated tomorrow’s game would raise $650,000 for underprivileged youth in Washington, D.C.
Alexandria Police Chief Michael Brown told local media five people were transported to the hospital, including Scalise, two law enforcement officers, a congressional aide and the gunman. Scalise’s condition is listed as stable, according to Fox News.
Texas Republican Rep. Roger Williams was also photographed leaving the scene on a stretcher