Eyewitness Video of Congressional Baseball Shooting

According to thehill.com, Rep. Steve Scalise’s injury sustained during the attack this morning remains very serious. “Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) was said to be in ‘critical condition’ Wednesday afternoon after emergency surgery following a shooting at a congressional baseball practice earlier in the day. MedStar Washington Hospital Center, where the House majority whip is being treated, offered the update in a message posted to Twitter. Scalise’s office had said that he was undergoing surgery after being shot in the hip.”

Some reports indicate that he’s been taken back into surgery, but that hasn’t been confirmed. More as it becomes available.

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  1. avatar rc says:

    That’s an awful lot of shots fired for only a handful (thank God!) hits. He also had the advantage of ambush. Guessing he’s a typical ‘resistance’ type of lefty who only discovered guns when he decided a terrorist attack was the way to go.

    1. avatar Cliff H says:

      And obviously believed the left-wing anti-gun hype about how deadly “assault weapons” are which is why he believed he didn’t actually have to aim the thing.

      1. avatar Norincojay says:

        He probably thought the gun would do all the killing all he had to do is bring it to the location.

        1. avatar Boris says:

          In Soviet Russia AK shoots y—…..oh wait….

        2. avatar Jean says:

          CNN reports weapons used were an SKS & a 9mm handgun (printed as a .9mm handgun).

        3. avatar Robert Farago says:

          We’ll wait for a better source or at least confirmation. Because .9mm.

      2. avatar Jim B says:

        One report says the rifle was a Chinese SKS which would explain the inaccuracy.

    2. avatar TX_Lawyer says:

      One of the Congressmen who was there is an Iraq veteran. He said the shooter was using cover and herding the people on the field into one location.

    3. avatar PeterZ in West Tennessee says:

      I counted 52 rounds, but I might have missed one or two at the end during the handgun mag dump. Extremely poor marksmanship (fortunately) unless he was 500 yards away.

  2. avatar JDH says:

    I counted about 66 shots. I think a few were the police as they sounded different.

  3. avatar CarlosT says:

    Anyone care to summarize? I’ve got to do this whole work thing.

    1. avatar CueBaller says:

      Gunshots.. around 65/66 of ’em, from my count.

      Not really much visible in the video, though you can see someone (presumably Scalise) lying on the field, occasionally moving.

    2. avatar Swarf says:

      Shaky video through a chain link fence and the sound of gunshots. That’s it.

      Notable ending: “That’s one helluva a way to start a fuckin’ morning.”

  4. avatar FedUp says:

    One can only hope that rep Scalise is able to complete his term of office.
    The governor of Louisiana is a Democrat.

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      They are having problems stabilizing Scalise’s condition.

      Prayers to all the wounded…

    2. avatar Jim B says:

      Scalise is in the House of Representatives not the Senate. The governor can’t replace him per the Constitution therefore the party of the governor is of no concern. The Clerk assumes control of the House seat and directs the staff taking care of constituents’ business but cannot vote. A special election fills the seat.

      From what I understand Scalise is no danger of dying or being so incapacitated that he can no longer do his job.

      1. avatar Geoff PR says:

        “From what I understand Scalise is no danger of dying or being so incapacitated that he can no longer do his job.”

        He took a turn for the worst. As of 7pm, EST:

        “Scalise was in critical condition after surgery, according to So Young Pak, spokeswoman for MedStar Washington Hospital Center. It is not clear if he will have a second surgery, a Scalise aide told CNN.”

        http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/14/politics/alexandria-virginia-shooting/index.html

        1. avatar Jim B says:

          That’s sad. I hope he pulls through.

    3. avatar Jonathan - Houston says:

      Louisiana governor’s party affiliation is irrelevant here. Scalise is a U.S. Representative. By federal law, all vacancies in the U.S. House of Representatives must be filled by elections. The governor cannot just appoint someone.

      Just as a curiosity, for the U.S. Senate, that would be a different story. The Constitution gives states the authority to fill sudden Senate vacancies. Most do so through governor appointment, although 4 states actually prohibit Senate appointments outright and 3 others allow appointments only under very strict conditions.

      The specifics of the rules vary by state, of course. In several states, the Senate appointee must be of the same party as that of the vacating Senator, regardless of the governor’s party affiliation.

  5. avatar TheOtherDavid says:

    I wonder if the protective detail on scene managed to get some hits on him early, perhaps that interfered with his ability to aim more effectively. That was a long long wait for that first siren to arrive. And truth be told it wasn’t that long a response time compared to most areas in America. Something the antis never seem to want to admit.

    Sounded like AR with a bit of handgun mixed in but the flurry at the end sounded like additional LE rifles joined in

    1. avatar TX_Lawyer says:

      I heard this morning that one of the officers managed to make it to their vehicle where they keep AR carbine(s). NBC had an expert that seemed to know what he was talking about.

  6. avatar The Gray Poseur says:

    Filming is the last thing I would have done in that situation.

    And no, I would not have been headed toward that ball field with a truck gun to try and rescue a bunch of politicians, regardless of party affiliation.

    1. avatar neiowa says:

      A softball field and a reasonable person would assume a group of pols or a group of kids?

      Bunch of Republicans and NONE were armed??? Antigun laws are not applicable to Congressmen (Art 1 Sec6 Clause 1).

      1. avatar TX_Lawyer says:

        “Article I, Section 6, also protects legislators from arrests in civil lawsuits while they are in session, but they may be arrested in criminal matters. To prevent prosecutors and others from using the courts to intimidate a legislator because they do not like his or her views, legislators are granted immunity from criminal prosecution and civil lawsuits for the things they say and the work they do as legislators.” – http://www.annenbergclassroom.org/page/article-i-section-6

      2. It’s a baseball field.

  7. Should have been a DGU!

    In my America, when a Socialist nut opens fire on “conservatives”, The conservatives don’t cower in a baseball dugout unarmed. They shoot back!
    Every Republican at the field this morning should automatically receive an F rating from the NRA. Wonder why gun rights are the last thing on the Trump agenda? Here’s your sign.
    I know it is near impossible to get a carry permit in DC. Not for a Congressman.
    SMH.

    1. avatar Stinkeye says:

      Even if these guys had carry permits, they were playing baseball, for Pete’s sake. Not really a game that lends itself to playing while strapped.

      1. avatar neiowa says:

        Interviews this morning most were in the dugout.

      2. And how many were faceplanted in the dugout within arms reach of their equipment bag.
        Come down to GA son. We take care of ourselves. I play men’s league baseball and I am not a political target but I have a God damned Glock 19 in the dugout with me every fucking game!
        Walk the walk is all I am saying!

        1. avatar The Gray Poseur says:

          Unsecured?

        2. Your friends and colleagues are in the dugout with your bag. Not totally unsecured.
          I’ll accept unsecured when faced with someone who is unhinged.

    2. avatar Will S says:

      This is not DC, it’s Alexandria, Virginia. Open carry is legal. Concealed carry is shall issue. This was not a gun free zone. That said, if you have to go into DC for work, like all of these people do, and especially if you need to go into the highly secured Capitol complex, carry is impossible unless you have a safe place to keep your gun on the west side of the Potomac.

      1. And…who made that a law?
        Not victim blaming here but this should be a wake up call.
        Conservatives! Where you at!
        I know JoeR is with me on this.

      2. avatar meadowsr says:

        Kinda-sorta “not a gun-free zone”:

        Ҥ 18.2-287.4. Carrying loaded firearms in public areas prohibited; penalty.
        It shall be unlawful for any person to carry a loaded (a) semi-automatic center-fire rifle or pistol that expels single or multiple projectiles by action of an explosion of a combustible material and is equipped at the time of the offense with a magazine that will hold more than 20 rounds of ammunition or designed by the manufacturer to accommodate a silencer or equipped with a folding stock or (b) shotgun with a magazine that will hold more than seven rounds of the longest ammunition for which it is chambered on or about his person on any public street, road, alley, sidewalk, public right-of-way, or in any public park or any other place of whatever nature that is open to the public in the Cities of Alexandria, Chesapeake, Fairfax, Falls Church, Newport News, Norfolk, Richmond, or Virginia Beach or in the Counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Henrico, Loudoun, or Prince William.

        The provisions of this section shall not apply to law-enforcement officers, licensed security guards, military personnel in the performance of their lawful duties, or any person having a valid concealed handgun permit or to any person actually engaged in lawful hunting or lawful recreational shooting activities at an established shooting range or shooting contest. Any person violating the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.

        The exemptions set forth in §§ 18.2-308 and 18.2-308.016 shall apply, mutatis mutandis, to the provisions of this section.

        1991, c. 570; 1992, c. 790; 2003, c. 976; 2004, c. 995; 2005, c. 160; 2007, c. 813; 2016, c. 257.”

  8. avatar Ragnarredbeard says:

    I give zero points for recording in portrait. Geez.

  9. avatar Norincojay says:

    I wonder if he felt safe behind the garbage can? His doodle dog must have been buggin.

  10. avatar txJM says:

    “I assume people have been calling 9-1-1, already…” as he records video WITH HIS PHONE.

    WTF

  11. avatar Chris T in KY says:

    I look forward to a “white christian republican” in congress proposing a law making members of congress exempt from all gun carry laws and all gun storage laws, in the District of Columbia and Maryland. Virginia is ok.
    I look forward to watching this debate. It would be nice if the proud white lesbian in the Senate, would propose such a law. I don’t foresee that happening.

    1. avatar neiowa says:

      Go read Article 1. Since 1789.

      1. avatar Chris T in KY says:

        I have news for you. The year is 2017. Also you may not know that black people did not get the right to own guns until 1870.

  12. avatar Stinkeye says:

    Don’t people have survival instincts anymore? If I hear rifle shots popping off, I’m not pulling out my phone to record a video. I’m getting the fuck out of there.

  13. avatar strych9 says:

    At least he had the sense to get down and stay down since he didn’t know where the shots were coming from and wasn’t taking any in or near his position.

  14. avatar neiowa says:

    10yrs ago when the was an “emergency” people thought they had DONE something if they call 911 (NO you didn’t DO squat). Today they pull their idiot phone out to video record/get rich. Morons

  15. avatar former water walker says:

    I guess the dude wanted his 15minutes…and I see the 66year old shooter had a bunch of run ins with the law. Several should’ve landed him in prison. And kept his BS FOID card. Tell me again how the ILL State Po-leece scan all of us peons every day?

  16. avatar Robb says:

    Kinda curious why that SUV wasn’t being used to evacuate the area.

    Although I get not wanting to leave your friends behind.

  17. avatar Gordon in MO says:

    The chief of police was proud that they “responded in three minutes”. When you are being shot at, that is a LONG time.

  18. avatar IYearn4nARnCali says:

    Prayers for Scalise, and for the rest of the people who experienced this horror. And an F.YOU to the grinning anti’s dancing a jig to the sound of gunfire as they mold this into their coffers to further equating THAT MAN with the rest of our American gun community. Ownership does not make us equal. Eventually the media will get the correct make and model of the firearm used in this attack and we will see just how far they tiptoed down the path of ANTI GUN HYSTERIA during their initial coverage.

    They reported over 100 rounds, then tonight it was dozens, then they said it was an M4, then an AR15 type, and now they say it was an SKS, BUT he was wearing shorts and a tshirt. So how does a fat guy hide an SKS in his pocket, how does he walk on the field and raise no flags until shots are fired? How does a man with a supposed criminal record get his hands on the offending item? How how how, are asked every time this happens and the media and the anti’s only have one answer; WE are guilty for believing and living the 2nd Amendment. We can come together today as a single American family but tomorrow, a renewed vigor will provide wind for their anti gun sails.

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