BREAKING: Five People Including US Congressman Shot in Virginia

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) Alex Brandon/AP.

Five people, including U.S. Congressman Steve Scalise (R-La.), were shot at the Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria, Virginia at 7:00AM today, reportedly by an attacker with a rifle. The suspect is in custody.

The Alexandria Police Department reports that the suspect is “in custody and not a threat.” Also injured, according to NPR, were two police officers, a congressional staff members, and an officer either with the Capitol Police or US Secret Service. Rep. Scalise, who is the House Majority Whip, was subsequently evacuated by air to a hospital, and the other injured were also on their way to the hospital.

There appear to have been no fatalities in the attack at this point. The attacker was apparently also shot before being apprehended, and was taken to a hospital, according to FoxNews. Senator Mike Lee (R-Ut.) said that the attacker had been killed, although this is not yet confirmed.

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Al.), who was also there for the practice, told CNN that he had used his belt as a tourniquet on Scalise’s leg. Mr. Brooks reported that he saw the attacker wielding “a semi-automatic rifle in the area behind third base, and that Scalise had been near second base.”

Rep. Scalise, along with other members of Congress and staffers, were at the baseball field to practice for the annual Congressional Republicans vs. Democrats baseball game, which was to be held tomorrow. President Donald Trump issued the following statement:

The Vice President and I are aware of the shooting incident in Virginia and are monitoring developments closely. We are deeply saddened by this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of Congress, their staffs, Capitol Police, first responders, and all others affected.

The most accurate hot take of the event as of this moment comes from CBS correspondent Major Garret, who called the baseball field “the softest target imaginable: members of Congress getting together…before dawn to practice baseball before work…. [T]hey were exposed….”

Who would want to open fire on a group of Congressmen — check that, a group of Republican Congressmen — in broad daylight? Identity of the attacker is unknown, so motive is a big question mark, and until these become clear, anything would just be wild speculation.

Stay tuned for more info — this is a developing story.

comments

  1. avatar neiowa says:

    Perhaps now Congress can take time to address disarming of citizens in the area? They can CERTAINLY fix DC.

  2. avatar Chip Bennett says:

    And exactly why is the identity – even a description – of the shooter withheld?

    1. avatar Pwrserge says:

      Because then there would be retaliatory strikes against leftists all over the country. This is a declaration of war from the commie left. What they forget is that we are far better at violence than they are.

      1. avatar peirsonb says:

        We are, but that’s EXACTLY what they want. Leftists are incredibly good at the long game. All the demonstrations, rioting, and “soft” violence coming from the left is designed to push us. When we finally act out of self defense they’ll spin us as the aggressors.

        1. avatar Pwrserge says:

          I think you’re grossly underestimating the scope of our reaction. You can’t spin anything when you’re assuming room temperature.

    2. avatar IL-annoyed says:

      The narrative comes first, dontchaknow

    3. avatar Missouri Mule says:

      “Old fat white guy” No seriously

  3. avatar Ironhead says:

    Antifa???? Blm???? Some other crazy piece of trash?

    1. avatar Pwrserge says:

      I’ll take “random commie” for $500 Alex.

      1. avatar Mr. Pierogie says:

        Of course the libtards will blame guns, but not their own vile and violent rhetoric, which urges people to do exactly what occurred here.

      2. avatar Ing says:

        You are correct, sir.

    2. avatar maxi says:

      Bernie supporter

  4. avatar Omer Baker says:

    Not to jump the gun (pun not intended), but if I were a betting man I’d put my money on the shooter having progressive leanings.

  5. avatar CZ Peasy says:

    Reports say the shooter asked if they were dems or republicans before shooting.

  6. avatar Missouri Mule says:

    Everybody First Aid Training!

    Congressman “I felt like I was back in Iraq,… without a weapon”

  7. avatar Almost ESQ. says:

    A semi auto rifle was used. Which means an AR or AK… Prepare for calls for a new assault weapons ban. Thankfully they don’t have the votes. If we had lost the election things would be very different. Stay tuned.

    1. avatar Model 31 says:

      If it turns out to be an AK, then I suppose this will turn into part of the Russian influence narrative.

      1. avatar Tim says:

        But shooting at republicans, naturally. ?

  8. avatar jwm says:

    They’re firing bullets. TTAG is reprimanding us for using harsh language. Sigh.

    1. avatar Pwrserge says:

      Yeah. That pisses me off to no end as well. Pretending that moral superiority matters with the vermin on the left is delusional.

      1. avatar Geoff PR says:

        Let’s all sing along –

        “FMJs will break long bones, but rhetoric will never hurt me?”

        🙂

    2. avatar Renner says:

      It works in France. And figuratively in England (they used trucks and knives and bombs). Harsh words are soooo much more effective than their use of weapons.
      /sarc

    3. avatar Robert Farago says:

      It’s not a “they.” It’s a he. As far as we know.

      1. avatar Pwrserge says:

        So #notallcommies then? Please Robert, let’s not pretend the left hasn’t been building up to this for the past year.

      2. avatar Klause Von Schmitto says:

        I’d bet my house that “he” is a part of “they” who we can’t talk ugly about here anymore.

        1. avatar Robert Farago says:

          You can’t talk ugly about anyone here.

  9. avatar Fin says:

    A line has been crossed that can not be uncrossed, this is not good. Nothing will turn the rinos on our rights faster than this sort of thing. Goodbye HPA, get ready for the hysteria from the media, even the republicans will go after gun control when the elite protected class feels threatened in their sanctuary.

    1. avatar Dev says:

      This is exactly why the conspiracy theorist inside me is screaming.

    2. avatar Joe R. says:

      Their ‘bubble of gun control’ cannot even protect them, that should be the wake up call.

      hard cheese, but. . .

      IF THE GUNMAN (was a U.S. Citizen and) WANTED TO (and felt it was necessary to) OVERTHROW THE GOVERNMENT (and this was their attempt), then they were executing their 2nd Amendment Right.

    3. avatar CueBaller says:

      even the republicans will go after gun control when the elite protected class feels threatened in their sanctuary

      I wouldn’t be too sure about that. Even Rep. Brooks commented that after he entered the dugout, then heard more gunfire coming from just a few feet away, he was relieved to look up to see that it was a “good guy with a gun.”

  10. avatar Renner says:

    I heard a comment from a witness to the effect of, if the armed Capitol Police had not been there for Scalise, it would have been a massacre. Once again, good guys with guns stopped a mass shooting. Good guys right there with guns right there stopped a significant tragedy. This fact needs publicity.

  11. avatar Badgerman says:

    Where is our snowflake “The Resistance” to defend this? He and his ilk want this, I want to hear his deluded Yale reasons for the violence.

  12. avatar Hryan says:

    FYI: They just cancelled the hearings on the HPA.

  13. avatar Joseph Goins says:

    “Identity of the attacker is unknown, so motive is a big question mark, and until these become clear, anything would just be wild speculation.”

    The shooter asked a bystander who was practicing. After he was told they were Republicans, he went back to his car and then started shooting. Also, the police need to keep the identity secret long enough to serve warrants on his car, work, home, and phone in order to prevent evidence from being destroyed.

    “Who would want to open fire on a group of Congressmen — check that, a group of Republican Congressmen — in broad daylight?”

    There are many reasons. Here are two:
    [1] to prevent hearings on gun legislation that were scheduled for today,
    [2] to scare them into not supporting standard Republican bills (e.g. Obamacare replacement)

  14. avatar George Steele says:

    “Who would want to open fire on a group of Congressmen — check that, a group of Republican Congressmen — in broad daylight?”

    Ummm . . . every Democrat in the United States and Outlying Territories, plus all Muslim extremists, plus half of Europe, plus Russia, China, and North Korea.

    That oughtta narrow it down. Of course, when ISIS takes credit . . .

  15. avatar Joe R. says:

    Ignorant to think it couldn’t have happened any other day. Ignorant to think it’s not at least possible that Scalise was directly targeted (an intended individual target).

    Did they call the cops or were there cops there?

    1. avatar Somebody says:

      Scalise, being in a leadership position, has an armed security detail. They were there when it happened.

  16. avatar Joe R. says:

    If talk of gun control comes out of this, the swamp needs to be drained faster.

  17. avatar KAP says:

    Shooter is a Minion of the Democratic Party and a Trump hater! probably paid for by Clinton foundation and or one of the Shuck and Jive Presidents BLM associates!
    Democrats want a civil War so they can be the only power! remember power is derived from people sort of like the French revolution and the Democrats will be guests of honor,

  18. avatar former water walker says:

    I now know I have to doubledown on getting that AR. Opening salvo in a hot war?!?

  19. avatar Serpent Vision says:

    Thankfully, it appears that the use of a “weapon of war” “designed to kill as many people as quickly as possible” resulted in no fatalities.

    1. avatar Ing says:

      Kind of funny how that works, isn’t it.

  20. avatar PD says:

    Congratulations liberal elite and liberal media, you did it. You have successfully fostered this kind of environment. I hope you’re proud of yourselves you scum.

    Good job Kathy Griffin, you thought it was funny to joke about the murder of the sitting president. Pat yourselves on the back.

  21. avatar Chris Morton says:

    Another proud Democrat “resister” in the fine tradition of:
    John Wilkes Booth
    Byron de la Beckwith
    James Earl Ray

    I’ve called the Democrat Party the party of:
    slavery
    secession
    Jim Crow
    the Klan
    lynching
    racial concentration camps
    Let me add:
    assassination

    1. It is amazing.

      The Dems are courting Black Lies Matyter, and yet we have this from Kamala Harris.

      http://www.mercurynews.com/california/ci_25243849/concealed-carry-gun-law-california-appealed-kamala-harris

      “Local law enforcement must be able to use their discretion to determine who can carry a concealed weapon”- Kamala Harris

      Add hypocrisy to this.

  22. avatar Nanashi says:

    “Who would want to open fire on a group of Congressmen — check that, a group of Republican Congressmen”

    I can picture everyone raising their hands till the —, then quickly putting them down after it.

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