(The Hill) – House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) is in critical condition after being shot early Wednesday at a baseball practice field in a Washington D.C. suburb, according to multiple reports.
Scalise was one of several people shot at the practice in Alexandria, Va., where it is believed a single gunman fired as many as 50 shots at lawmakers and aides who scrambled for cover.
Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), his voice breaking, told CNN that “at least five” people were shot. Two Capitol Police officers on protective detail were also reportedly shot in the incident.
Brooks said he used his belt as a tourniquet to help Scalise, who he said was shot in the hip.
Brooks and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) both described Scalise as dragging himself away from the fire.
Paul, who said he was at the batting cage at the time of the fire, told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that he heard as many as 50 shots and described what he believed was the shooter reloading.
Paul described a frightening scene, with shots landing near aides who had taken cover on the ground. One staffer, he said, scrambled over a fence to get away from the fire.
“You’re pretty helpless,” Brooks told CNN of the scene.
Brooks said the gunman had a semi-automatic rifle, while Paul described it as sounding like an AR-15.
Brooks said the gunman stood behind a dugout.
“He appeared to be a white male,” Brooks said, adding that he only saw the gunman for a fraction of a second.
Police in Alexandria said the suspect was in custody and was not a threat.
Multiple lawmakers tweeted that their thoughts and prayers were with those impacted by the shooting.
— ABC 7 News – WJLA (@ABC7News) June 14, 2017
A Congressman just texted me and told me he heard there was a shooting at the congressional baseball game practice field. https://t.co/kTzQOuezDh
— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) June 14, 2017
Gunman just opened fire on Congressional members playing baseball this morning in Del Ray pic.twitter.com/KgF3DXlyRv
— Benjamin Childers (@ben_childers) June 14, 2017
from @RepMoBrooks “Shooter attack at GOPpractice. Rifle. 50+ shots fired. 5 or more hit including GOP Whip steve scalise. I am not shot.”
— Matt Murphy (@mattmurphyshow) June 14, 2017
#BREAKING Shooting at Congressional baseball practice. Scalise hit. Other staffers hit. Gunmen with rifle
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) June 14, 2017
APD PIO heading to scene, updates will be posted when available. Victims being transported to hospitals.
— Alexandria Police (@AlexandriaVAPD) June 14, 2017
–This breaking news report was last updated at 8:27 a.m