House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) and multiple other people were shot at a congressional baseball practice in Virginia early Wednesday morning.
Scalise was reportedly shot in the hip and at least one other aide was also hit in the chest by a gunman with a rifle. Scalise is expected to survive.
The gunman was shot by U.S. Capitol Police, apprehended and taken to the hospital.
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), however, told Fox News the gunman was dead. He also said a staffer used a belt as a tourniquet to stop Scalise's bleeding.
Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) said he was leaving the practice when a man approached him and asked if Republicans or Democrats were on the field.
He said the encounter was "very, very strange."
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who was among the 15-25 people at the practice, said that if Capitol Police weren't there "it would have been a massacre."
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) recounted how he and Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) treated Scalise on the field after the shooter was brought down.
Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) said this shows how "the temperature in politics has gone up so high," and some people don't understand that those who serve in Congress are real people with real families.
Scalise, 51, is the House majority whip. He has represented Louisiana’s First Congressional District since 2008 and chairs the House Republican Study Committee. He is married with two children. Scalise's district includes New Orleans.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer tweeted that both President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are aware of the incident.
— Sean Spicer (@PressSec) June 14, 2017
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