The shooting at the GOP congressional baseball practice this morning could have been politically motivated as the alleged shooter may have asked Florida Congressman Ron DeSantis (R) if the practice was Republican or Democrat.
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R) and four others, including a congressional aide, were shot and have been capitalized. Reports say that Scales was shot in the hip and is expected to survive.
DeSantis, who is considering a gubernatorial run in Florida, told Fox News that he left just before the shooting started when he was approached and asked about the practice.
The shooter, who was seriously wounded by Capitol Police, is said to be a white man in his mid-40’s to mid-50’s.
Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, a true friend and patriot, was badly injured but will fully recover. Our thoughts and prayers are with him.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 14, 2017
Senator Rand Paul said that their were about 50 or 60 shots fired.
“I do believe that without the Capitol Hill Police, this would have been a massacre.”-Sen. Rand Paul
Rep. Wenstrub and Senator Jeff Flake were the first individuals to render first aid to Scalise before first responders took over and airlifted the congressman to the hospital.
Senator Flake told reporters that he witnessed a white male carrying a “large gauge rifle.” and when he began shooting, “one staffer was shot in the field” before himself being shot and wounded by a black female Capitol Police officer, who was already shot in the leg.
Flake added that the wounded officer “ran around with a leg wound” and took down the assailant.
“Cindy’s and my thoughts and prayers are with Whip Scalise, the staff, the Capitol Police officers, and the family and friends of those hurt. Our deep appreciation goes out to the Capitol Police and local law enforcement officers for their protection.”-Rep. Dennis Ross (R)
More on this developing story to come.