Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., was shot early this morning around 7:15 a.m. when a gunman fired dozens of shots targeting Republican members of Congress. It was not a random act and appears to be a direct targeting of the Republican congressmen.
Scalise was shot in the hip and is reported to be in stable condition. Several other people were also wounded, but it’s not clear if any of them were members of Congress. The shooter was neutralized and is in custody after Scalise’s security detail engaged the shooter in a hail of gunfire.
The shooting happened at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia at an early morning practice where more than 20 Republican congressmen were gathered to prepare for the upcoming congressional baseball game.
A CBN News team, including Reporter Ben Kennedy, DC Bureau Chief Dana Ritter, and Producer Amber Strong, is on the scene and gathering more information. Follow their Twitter accounts and our CBN News Facebook page for ongoing updates from the field.
Scalise had a security detail with him because he serves as the current U.S. House of Representatives Majority Whip, one of the most powerful positions in Congress.
Sen. Rand Paul told Fox News that if Scalise’s security detail had not been there it would have been a massacre.
The White House issued a statement this morning saying: “The Vice President and I are aware of the shooting incident in Virginia and are monitoring developments closely. We are deeply saddened by this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of Congress, their staffs, Capitol Police, first responders, and all others affected.”
Karen & I are praying for @SteveScalise, the Capitol Police, & all hurt for a speedy recovery. Our hearts are with them & their loved ones.
— Vice President Pence (@VP) June 14, 2017
— Rep. Ruben J. Kihuen (@RepKihuen) June 14, 2017
Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks was at the baseball practice, and he tweeted this:
Praying for those injured at this morning’s practice. I’m especially thankful to the US Capitol Police who risked their lived to protect us.
— Mo Brooks (@RepMoBrooks) June 14, 2017
This is a breaking news event and information is still coming in, but CBN News will update this story as more information becomes available.