(Alexandria, Virginia) — GOP Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), several congressional aides, and police officers were shot on Wednesday morning after a shooter opened fire on the Republicans practicing on the GOP baseball team. Scalise, who is House Majority Whip, laid on the field for 10 minutes after he dragged himself 15 yards away from second base as his security detail and Capitol Hill police exchanged fire with the gunman. As soon as they could get to him, Republican Senator Jeff Flake and Rep. Brad Wenstrup ran to Scalise and tended to his wound, applying pressure until paramedics could get to him. Scalise was reportedly shot in the hip.
Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis, from Florida, told FOX News that as he was walking to his car, a man stopped him, pointed to the field and asked if those were Republicans or Democrats on the field. He responded that it was Republicans. Three minutes later, he heard shots being fired. This was at approximately 7:15 am. Authorities have not stated whether the man who asked DeSantis that question and the shooter are one and the same.
Rep. Wenstrup, who is also a veteran who served in the Iraq War, told FOX News it “felt like I was in Iraq but without my weapon.”
Flake said the gunfire exchange between Scalise’s security detail and the gunman who attacked the Republicans lasted around 10 minutes. In estimating the amount of gunfire exchanged, Flake said, “50 (shots) would be an understatement, I’m quite sure.”
Since Scalise is in leadership, he has security detail. Other members of Congress not in leadership do not. Were it not for Scalise’s security detail, one of whom was injured but kept firing to neutralize the attacker, the outcome of what happened would have been quite different.
Senator Rand Paul, a physician from Kentucky, described the scene as a “sort of killing field. ” Speaking with FOX News, Rand Paul said, “Without the Capitol Hill police it would have been a massacre.”
In detailing what he witnessed, Rep. Mo Brooks, Republican from Alabama, shared that the gunman was using the dugout to provide cover for himself as he fired at the Republicans. There were approximately 15 to 25 people on the field and 50 to 100 shots fired at them, according to Brooks.
He added this recollection about the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise.
“Behind third base, I see a rifle…I hear Steve Scalise over near 2nd base scream…While all of this is going on, Steve Scalise our whip was lying on the ground near the second base position crawling into right field, leaving a trail of blood.”
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Senator Rand Paul details his eyewitness account of the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise.
Senator Jeff Flake spoke with ABC News about what he witnessed during the attempted assassination of Rep. Steve Scalise.
Since the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States, Democrats have ramped up not only violent rhetoric, but attacks on Republicans have become prevalent. Just last month, a Democrat woman attempted to run GOP Rep. David Kustoff, from Tennessee, off the road. When Kustoff and his aide pulled over, the woman, identified as 35-year old Wendy Wright, exited her vehicle, began pounding on Kustoff’s car, and tried to grab him. She was angry that the GOP was attempting to dismantle Obamacare.
Recently, rabid non-funny comedian and Democrat supporter Kathy Griffin released a picture of herself holding the likeness of a severed head of President Donald Trump. Madonna, who campaigned with Hillary Clinton, said in January that she dreams of blowing up the White House. Progressives on social media have called for the killing of Donald Trump and Trump supporters.
We have heard many a Democrat call for their supporters to “take it to the streets.” We’ve witnessed violent responses to conservative speakers at universities causing the speeches to be canceled. We’ve seen GOP townhalls taken over by angry, yelling ‘protesters” who hijack the meeting and prevent the GOP representative or senator from speaking. Obama operatives have even been caught teaching people how to cause chaos at GOP townhalls in order to disrupt them.
Speaking of Barack Obama, remember back in 2008 when he was campaigning in Philadelphia, he told his supporters, “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun. Because from what I understand, folks in Philly like a good brawl. I’ve seen Eagles fans.”
Will the leftist media hold Obama accountable for his violent rhetoric? Will they place the finger of blame on this shooting on his words as they would if a Republican had said them then a Republican supporter shot Democrats in a “sitting duck” situation?
Will Democrats be hounded by the media to take ownership of this literal attack on Republicans by a gunman who attempted to assassinate an entire Republican baseball team? Will they be held to account for their rhetoric?
Please pray for Rep. Scalise as well as the congressional aides and police officers who were shot in Wednesday morning’s deliberate attack.
UPDATE: 12:40 pm Eastern
The shooter has been identified as 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson, a fervent Bernie Sanders supporter. He was killed on the scene during the exchange of gunfire with police. It has been confirmed that he is also the person who asked Rep. Ron DeSantis, who he encountered as DeSantis was walking to his car, if the people on the baseball field were Democrats or Republicans. When asked the question, DeSantis told him Republicans. Three minutes later, DeSantis said he heard gunfire.
This story was updated with the identity of the shooter.