Public Safety & Homeland Security

Shooting at Congressional Baseball Practice Went on for 'Quite a While,' Witness Says

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana was standing on second base when he was shot in the hip area.

by The Eagle-Tribune, North Andover, Mass. / June 14, 2017
Police car and ambulances are seen outside of the emergency entrance at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, Wednesday, June 14, 2017. AP/Daniel Trielli

(TNS) - Katie Filous was walking her two dogs near the baseball field where several congressmen where shot Wednesday morning when she heard “a lot of shots, probably more than 20,” she said.

The shooting “went on for quite a while,” she said.

 

President Donald Trump said the alleged shooter was dead.

Filous said she saw the shooter wound a uniformed law enforcement officer, who was later evacuated by helicopter.

She said the officer had gotten out of a parked car, drawn a handgun and shouted something to the gunman, who then fired.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana was standing on second base when he was shot in the hip area, according to reports. Scalise is the No. 3 House Republican leader. He was first elected to the House in 2008 after serving in the state legislature.

House Speaker Paul Ryan’s office said Scalise’s wounds were not believed to be life-threatening and that a member of a security detail was also shot.

“I was looking right at him (Scalise),” Rep. Mike Bishop, R-Michigan, told Detroit radio station WWJ. “He was a sitting duck.”

Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Alabama., said Scalise “crawled into the outfield, leaving a trail of blood.”

“We started giving him the liquids. I put pressure on his wound in his hip,” Brooks said.

Rep. Jeff Duncan said in a statement that he was at the practice and “saw the shooter.”

“Please pray for my colleagues,” Duncan said.

President Trump released a statement that he and Vice President Mike Pence have been briefed and are monitoring developments closely.

Associated Press reporters Chad Day, Mary Clare Jalonick and Ken Thomas contributed to this report.

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