The Islamic State has not claimed responsibility for today’s shooting of GOP Congresspeople, including Steve Scalise, but is currently talking about it online.
At 7:15 a.m. a gunman with a rifle began firing from the second base area at a Republican baseball practice in Alexandria. Senator Rand Paul described a “rapid succession of shots” to Morning Joe. Paul added that he thinks he heard the gunman reload.
Paul said the perpetrator was wearing a blue shirt and the rifle sounded like an AR15.
According to reports, the shooter is down but caused multiple injuries, including Scalise and an aide. Scalise was shot in the hip, according to Fox News. The aide was shot in the chest. Mo Brooks, U.S. Representative for Alabama’s 5th congressional district, used his belt as a tourniquet to stop the bleeding for Scalise, according to a report. Brooks is currently running for the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions.
Two Capitol police officers were also shot, according to WUSA9. Congressman Gary Palmer was also injured.
NBC is reporting that Scalise and the policemen are in stable condition.
According to Fox, Scalise’s security detail took down the gunman. The suspect is in custody, according to Alexandria police.
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