Congressman, Staffer, Police Shot at Republican Baseball Practice: 'Would Have Been a Massacre'

By Susan Jones | June 14, 2017 | 8:24 AM EDT

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) among several people shot at a Republican baseball practice early Wednesday morning. Conditions of those shot is not known at this time. (Screen grab from CNN)

(CNSNews.com) - "Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, a true friend and patriot, was badly injured but will fully recover. Our thoughts and prayers are with him," President Trump tweeted Wednesday morning, after Scalise (R-La.), a congressional staffer and two Capitol Police officers were shot at a baseball field in Alexandria, Va.

The gunman, name not yet released, was shot at the scene by police. “It would have been a massacre without them (the police)," Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said.

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) told CNN in a live phone call at 8 a.m. that Scalise was shot in the hip and was bleeding heavily, but Brooks said Scalise was conscious the entire time Brooks was with him. He is now listed in stable condition.

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) told CNN that Scalise was at second base when the shooting started. Scalise  managed to drag himself about 15 yards away from the plate. Because he is the House Majority Whip, he gets police protection, and that's why Capitol Police were at the field.

Flake said he picked up Scalise's cell phone and called Scalise's wife so she wouldn't hear about the shooting from news reports.

The Republican team was holding an early-morning practice at the field in preparation for a charity game against Democrats.

Reports said multiple shots were fired by someone standing near the third-base dugout. Brooks said the gunman “appeared to be a white male,” middle-aged, and heavy-set. (More than four hours after the shooting, President Trump announced that the "assailant" had died of his injuries.)

“It’s never easy to take when you see people around you getting shot and you don’t have a weapon yourself so you’re not in a position where you can help defend. So you’re pretty helpless. It’s – it’s not a good situation to be in,” Brooks told CNN.

Brooks praised the bravery of Capitol Police, but added, “pistols against a rifle is not a fair fight.”

Rep. Ron DeSantis  (R-Fla.) told Fox News that as he left the ball field, a man walked to his car and asked DeSantis if it was Republicans or Democrats practicing. The shooting erupted shortly after that, DeSantis said.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) told CNN he was in a batting cage outside the fence line when the shooting began. He took refuge behind a large oak tree, along with a congressional staffer who scaled a 20-foot fence to get away from the gunshots hitting the dirt in right field.

"I can tell you that I think with absolute certainty nobody would have survived without the Capitol Hill Police. They saved everybody’s life, incredibly brave, and deserve everyone’s praise, because with this guy, who knows how heavily armed he was," Paul said.

“But nobody else had a weapon so he was just killing everyone. And he would have,” Paul said. “It would have been a massacre without them."

The Congressional Baseball Game, Republicans vs. Democrats, had been scheduled for June 15 at Nationals Park.