HEAR Cong. Collins on Congressional Shootings

Says Motive Unclear, But Dem Rhetoric Could Fuel Anger

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 House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana was shot Wednesday at a congressional baseball practice, congressional officials say.

Scalise, two members of his security detail, a staffer and a lobbyist were hit; the extent of the injuries isn't known.

Conditions of the gunshot victims is unclear, but Congressman Chris Collins tells WBEN "Scalise is in the hospital, it appears he will be OK."

Was it politically motivated?

"You would have to expect that our whip, the number three man on the leadership team was shot when there were many other members of congress there, I would have to say yes," Collins said when WBEN asked if there were any signs the shooting targeted Republicans specifically. "... apparently the shooter was waiting for him


"We were doing batting practice," said Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. "All of a sudden we heard a very loud shot. The gunman was over by the third base dugout with a clear view of the field." He said the gunman had "a rifle of some sort ... a lot of ammo."


Rep. Mike Bishop, R-Mich., said Scalise was at second base when he was shot.

"I was looking right at him," Bishop told Detroit radio station WWJ. "He was a sitting duck."

Rep. Mo Brooks, an Alabama Republican, said two law enforcement officers were believed to be among the others shot.

Brooks said that Scalise, 51, was down on the ground with what Brooks described as "a hip wound." The Alabama lawmaker said he colleague "crawled into the outfield, leaving a trail of blood."

"We started giving him the liquids, I put pressure on his wound in his hip," Brooks said.


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