WASHINGTON - Rep. Steve Scalise was shot Wednesday morning in Alexandria, Virginia, a House colleague told CNN, in what sources are calling an apparent "deliberate attack."
The shooting took place at a practice for the GOP congressional baseball team. While two Pennsylvania congressmen were on the team, they were not at the practice.
Scalise, a member of the House Republican leadership as the majority whip, appeared to have been shot in the hip and it appeared two Capitol Hill police agents were shot, according to Rep. Mo Brooks, who told CNN he was on deck when the shooting occurred.
Representatives Pat Meehan and Ryan Costello from Pennsylvania were on the team, however they were not at the practice.
Meehan's Washington DC office said he was not at the practice because he had a Congressional breakfast Wednesday morning.
Costello's office said he missed his ride to practice this morning and he was not in attendance. He released this statement: "For the past two years I have played in the Congressional Baseball Game for Charity. This morning I missed my ride by 2 minutes and did not attend practice. We now know a gunman fired shots at practice this morning. While I am fine, I am praying for my colleagues, Majority Whip Scalise, police, and staff.”
Rep. Smucker's office released a statement Wednesday morning saying, "Rep. Smucker and his entire staff are safe. No one from our office was at the practice. Please keep everyone who was involved in your prayers."
Scalise's office sent an email advising that no votes are expected in the House today. His office also released the following statement: The office of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise released the following statement on his condition following this morning's shooting: The office of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise released the following statement on his condition following this morning's shooting:
"This morning, at a practice for the Congressional Baseball Game, Whip Scalise was shot in the hip. He was transported to MedStar Washington Hospital Center, where he is currently undergoing surgery. He is in stable condition. Prior to entering surgery, the Whip was in good spirits and spoke to his wife by phone. He is grateful for the brave actions of U.S. Capitol Police, first responders, and colleagues. We ask that you keep the Whip and others harmed in this incident in your thoughts and prayers. This office will release additional information regarding the Whip's condition as appropriate."
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