The White House has issued an initial response from President Donald Trump to the shooting at a congressional baseball practice in Virginia where Congressman Steve Scalise (R, LA), and at least one staffer were shot. Rep. Roger Williams (R, TX) was also injured, but not shot, during the attack. A total of five were transported to local hospitals.
Soon after the news of the crime broke, the White House released a statement expressing sorrow and prayers for the victims.
Statement from President Donald Trump
The Vice President and I are aware of the shooting incident in Virginia and are monitoring developments closely. We are deeply saddened by this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of Congress, their staffs, Capitol Police, first responders, and all others affected.
The response came on the heels of an incident in Alexandria, Virginia, as members of Congress gathered to enjoy the beautiful morning and play a little baseball. Up to 25 members of Congress were practicing at the fields at the time.
The shooter, armed with a rifle and a pistol, entered a dugout and began firing at about 7:15 AM, firing perhaps as many as 50 shots, according to Fox News.
The attacker was shot by Capitol Police ending the assault.
“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,” Rep. Mo Brooks told FMTALK1065. “Our security detail was able to incapacitate him at that point. I don’t know if he [shooter] was dead. He was wounded. I don’t know how many times he was wounded.”
Before Trump’s statement, White House spokesman Sean Spicer immediately issued a Tweet.
— Sean Spicer (@PressSec) June 14, 2017
President Trump also issued a Tweet on his personal account.
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
There is some confusion if the shooter asked if those on the field were Republicans or Democrats.
Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., told Fox News he left just before the shooting. As he walked to his car, a man asked DeSantis if it was Republicans or Democrats practicing. About three minutes later, at around 7:15 a.m. the shooting began, DeSantis said. It reportedly last about 10 minutes.
It hasn’t been ascertained if the the shooter and the man who asked Rep. DeSantis are one and the same.
DeSantis further described the scene.
“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.”
The attacker was shot, but was captured alive and was taken under guard to a hospital.
More news will be reported as we learn details.