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Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) helped treat Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) after the House majority whip was shot in the hip during a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Va., this morning.

"I was the first out to Steve," he recalled, explaining that Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH), a doctor, began to treat Scalise after the attack was halted.

Flake said it was "at least 10 minutes" before the shooter stopped firing, with Scalise laying on the field until his colleagues could get out to him.

Flake said he and other lawmakers dove into the dugout when the shooting started. Then, he said more shots rang out just behind them from police and Capitol security guards.

He said he yelled out "are you friendly?!" since he initially wasn't sure if multiple attackers had surrounded the field. 

Flake said they sheltered in the dugout after police directed them not to move.

He said the 10-year-old son of Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) was at the practice and the lawmakers "stuffed him under the bench" of the dugout. 

Two members of Scalise's security detail were shot, Flake said. 

Flake said one of the guards continued firing on the gunman despite a leg wound. Flake said a congressional aide was wounded in the field, but was able to run to the dugout to take cover.

Scalise's office said he is in stable condition and undergoing surgery.

Watch his full comments above and more from Rep. Wenstrup below.


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