Man Asked Whether Republicans or Dems Were on Field Before shooting Rep (R) Scalise, aides, Cand security detail Shooting
Shooting started at 7:15am and lasted about 10 minutes before gunman was shot enough times to be captured.
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot in the hip, multiple congressional aides, and some of his security team members were also reportedly wounded. Scalise was in stable condition. Five people were "transported medically" from the scene, Alexandria Police Chief Michael Brown said; however, it was unclear how many people had been shot.
Since he's in leadership, Scalise has a security detail.
Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) described a "very strange" encounter with a man shortly before Scalise was shot during a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Va.
Rep. DeSantis who was leaving the baseball practice recalls: “A guy...walked up to us that was asking whether it was Republicans or Democrats out there.”
"I was kind of a little odd," DeSantis said
The gunman, who opened fire with a rifle, was shot by Scalise security detail and U.S. Capitol Police. Was captured and sent to the hospital. Sen. Mike Lee stated, "however, the gunman was killed."
The members of Congress were holding an early-morning practice for an upcoming congressional baseball game.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said "a massacre could have unfolded if police and Scalise's security team were not there."
He said that he "vaguely" saw the gunman from about 75 yards away before the shots started.
Paul, stated: "We were like sitting ducks."
Moments earlier Rand had been in the batting box next to where the shots were fired.
"Finally, the shooter was shot behind home plate as he was circling around to the first base dugout where there were a number of US congressmen and other folks," stated Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala.
Our security detail was able to incapacitate him at that point. I don't know if he [the shooter] was dead. He was wounded. I don't know how many times he was wounded."
Brooks reportedly used a belt as a tourniquet to stop the bleeding of an aide who was shot in the leg. Two law enforcement officers were also injured, including one who was hit in the leg, Brooks said.
"Behind third base, I see a rifle...I hear Steve Scalise over near 2nd base scream," Brooks said. "...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."
Brooks said the gunman was using the dugout as cover and estimated the assailant got off 50-100 shots during the attack on the 15-25 people gathered at the field.
Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, told Fox News he "felt like I was in Iraq, but without my weapon."