House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, others shot as gunman opens fire at congressional baseball practice in Alexandria
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and four of his aides were shot as they practiced for the Congressional baseball game in Alexandria, Virginia Wednesday morning.
Republican Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama is said to have used his belt as a tourniquet to slow the bleeding from Scalise's leg. Brooks said five were injured as the gunman, who has not been named, fired more than 50 rounds from a rifle.
The shooter was arrested. Alabama congressman Gary Palmer was also at the game but was not hurt.
Scalise, who was shot in the hip, is the Republican majority whip in the House of Representatives – the congressman responsible for counting votes and maintaining party discipline.
The Louisianan, a father of two, is counted among conservatives in Congress who tend to back President Donald Trump's more controversial initiatives, including calling his famous travel ban a 'prudent' measure. he endorsed Trump unreservedly last year.
Scalise came under fire in 2014 for remarks he made in 2002 at a conference run by a group that he later learned was a white supremacist organization.
The infamous former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, who founded the group, blasted Scalise as a 'sellout' for apologizing.
The Congressional baseball game is an annual tradition pitting members of the Democratic and Republican parties against each other.
The game is set to take place on Thursday at Nationals Park.