Three people were killed and others were injured on Wednesday when a gunman opened fire at congressional Republicans’ baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia. The incident left the back of Rep. Steve Scalise’s truck riddled with bullets. The congressman has been reported to be in critical condition after emergency surgery.
President Trump addressed the shooting in the Rose Garden on Thursday morning. A minute into his remarks, he was interrupted by applause from House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise. After thanking all the emergency personnel who helped the injured, Trump noted that Scalise “sustained a very serious wound.” This was a signal to the GOP leadership to lift the stop-work order on House business, allowing GOP lawmakers to get back to work.
Following a congressional baseball practice, shots were fired at Democratic lawmakers.https://t.co/AFUwT9ck8o pic.twitter.com/3TjqrGkVc9 — ABC News (@ABC) June 14, 2017
Scalise’s description of the violence did not match the accounts of other members of Congress, with some of them indicating that Scalise had been struck by more than one bullet. The events that unfolded outside the ball field would not have even been known had one witness, whose account was not included in the CNN report, not intervened. The man’s actions were described as miraculous.
“The witness he called out the ‘blue (sic) car’,” according to the text of a phone call. “The witness who he said stopped the shooter. That’s a general term of what he said,” the witness told a deputy.
The witness was later identified as Republican Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama.
From the bottom of my heart, I want to convey my deep condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their lives in yesterday’s tragic shooting. — Rep. Mo Brooks (@RepMoBrooks) June 14, 2017
POTUS mentions that Scalise was shot in the hip. — Carl Avon (@CarlAvon) June 14, 2017
One of the injured included a staffer for the Louisiana representative. The staffer received a gunshot wound to the ankle and was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Less than 15 minutes after the congressman was shot, the lawmaker himself addressed reporters from the hospital, saying that he was “a little groggy” and was “just grateful to be alive.” He added that while his injuries were serious, he was looking forward to returning to work.
President Trump said he considered the shooting an act of domestic terrorism. FBI agents are now investigating the case.