Congressman Steve Scalise (R-LA) was shot and at least one of his aides was also struck in the chest by a bullet fired by a gunman. Scalise was ranked as the 16th highest recipient of money from gun rights groups .
The assailant opened fire with a rifle at a baseball practice with a number of congressmen and their staffers at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. The shots were reported on East Monroe Street in the Del Ray neighborhood in Alexandria, Virginia, police said.
Scalise, the House Republican majority whip, appeared to have been shot in the hip and it two Capitol Hill police agents were shot, during the chaos of what is being described as a deliberate attack.
Five people were transported to area hospitals including the suspect, who in custody and receiving medical attentions in custody, according to Alexandria Police Chief Michael Brown..
Sen. Jeff Flake said he and Rep. Brad Wenstrup, who is a physician, tended to Scalise applying pressure to the wound as he was lying near the second base position.
Sen. Mike Lee told Fox News the gunman was dead. He said a staffer used a belt as a tourniquet to stop Scalise’s bleeding.
President Donald Trump tweeted, “Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, a true friend and patriot, was badly injured but will fully recover. Our thoughts and prayers are with him.”
the shooter was described as a white male who started firing on people from behind the third base dugout using a semiautomatic rifle.
Scalise is the first member of Congress to be shot since former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords was shot in January 2011.
Giffords was shot in the head by a deranged man during a “Congress On Your Corner” event at a Tucson grocery store. Giffords, who authorities said was the main target of the shooting, survived the attack in which six people were killed and 12 others were injured.
While Giffords has become a champion of efforts to restrict the proliferation of firearms among dangerous and unstable people, Scalise is a member of the Congressional Second Amendment Task Force, who has opposed any limit on a citizen’s right to keep and bear arms.
“You have already got a system that works,” said Scalise in January 2016, after President Obama sought to make the gun buyer background check system more effective. “In fact, what the President is talking about wouldn’t even go after some of these shootings that we all have denounced, we pray for the victims. The President tries to criticize people who pray for the victims. He just wants to talk about gun control in a broader sense.”
According to his website:
A strong supporter of the Second Amendment, Scalise has sponsored and cosponsored legislation protecting citizens’ right to keep and bear arms. In the 112th Congress, Scalise introduced H.R. 58, the Firearms Interstate Commerce Reform Act, which improves law-abiding citizens’ ability to purchase firearms. The bills Scalise has recently cosponsored include H.R.645, a bill to restore Second Amendment rights in the District of Columbia and the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011, H.R.822, which would ensure national reciprocity for concealed carry permit holders. Congressman Scalise’s pro-gun stance has earned him an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association. A member of the Congressional Second Amendment Task Force, Congressman Steve Scalise will continue fighting to protect every citizen’s Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.
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