Rep. Mo Brooks: “I see a rifle… I hear another blam… at the same time I heard Steve Scalise scream. He was shot” https://t.co/FSjae6jVEc
— CNN (@CNN) June 14, 2017
(Note: We will provide updates to this story at the bottom of this post.)
Early Wednesday morning, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) was shot, along with two Capitol Hill officers, in what authorities believe was a “deliberate attack” at Congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia. In this CNN video clip, Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) describes what he witnessed when a gunman opened fire near the third-base dugout: “I see a rifle … I hear another blam … at the same time I heard Steve Scalise scream … he was shot.” Brooks then relayed how the shooter, who was wielding a semi-automatic rifle, continued his attack with at least 50 shots fired.
At this time, Scalise (who was shot in the hip) and the two officers are in stable condition. However, Fox News reports that “multiple congressional aides” may have also been stuck by gunfire. The New York Times updates the number of casualties to five people, although the severity of these victims’ injuries are not yet known.
ABC News reports that police have taken a suspect into custody, and there’s no ongoing danger to the public. Authorities are not yet aware of the gunman’s motive, although members of Congress were preparing for a charity game when the attack occurred.