Rep. Steve Scalise, Multiple Others Shot At GOP Baseball Practice In Virginia

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A frightening scene unfolded at a Virginia baseball field early Wednesday morning, according to Rep. Mo Brooks.

The Alabama congressman told CNN that a gunman opened fire during a GOP baseball practice at a local field in Alexandria, Va., shooting Rep. Steve Scalise in the hip and appearing to wound two Capitol Hill police agents. The shooter opened fire behind the third base dugout with a semiautomatic rifle, according to Brooks, who said he used his belt as a tourniquet to help Scalise.

Brooks recounted the attack Wednesday morning during an interview with CNN.

The shooting appeared to be a “deliberate attack,” a law enforcement source told CNN. The congressmen were practicing ahead of an annual baseball game between Republican and Democrat representatives, and it’s “well-known” when practices are held, said Brooks. The game was scheduled for Thursday at Nationals Park.

Scalise, the House of Representatives’ Majority Whip and representative for Louisiana’s first congressional district, is expected to make a full recovery, President Donald Trump announced Wednesday.

Thumbnail photo via KC McGinnis/USA TODAY NETWORK

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