Two Republicans from Ohio are on the congressional baseball team that was practicing when shots were fired this morning.
Four people were reported struck by gunfire when multiple shots were fired in the incident at a baseball field in Alexandria, Va. Reports indicate the victims are House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and members of his staff.
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U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) is listed as a member of the GOP baseball team. Johnson was elected in 2010 and represents Ohio’s 6th Congressional District, which is made up of 18 counties in eastern and southeastern Ohio.
Johnson Tweeted this morning that he was at the practice but left for the office prior to the shooting.
“I am unharmed,” Johnson Tweeted, and in a subsequent Tweet thanked the Capital police who responded and asked for people to join him in prayer for those who were shot.
U.S. Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-Cincinnati) is also on the team and he was reportedly at the scene assisting those in need. Wenstrup represents Ohio’s Second Congressional District, which includes Pike, Adams, Brown, Highland, Clermont counties, and portions of Scioto, Ross, and Hamilton counties.
We have confirmed that local members of Ohio’s Congressional delegation were not at the park today. Those include Reps. Jim Jordan of Urbana, Warren Davidson of Troy and Steve Chabot of Cincinnati. We are still working to confirm where Rep. Mike Turner of Dayton was at the time of the shootings.
We have confirmed that U.S. Rep. Mike Turner was not at the baseball field when the shooting happened.
Rep. Tim Ryan plays on the Democratic Congressional baseball team. Their members were not at today’s practice where the shooting happened. Ryan represents a Northeast Ohio district.
In an interview with CBS, U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz) said he was with the team this morning and he described what he saw.
Flake said the shooting lasted for several minutes. He said there was one shooter, a white male with dark hair who appeared to be in his 40s. Flake said the shooter had a rifle and “a lot of ammo.” The shooter stood out in the open and opened fire.
Early reports indicated there were as many as 50 shots fired, but Flake said “50 is an understatement.”
Flake said Scalise was standing on second base during batting practice when he heard the first shot. The gunman was standing by the third base dugout when he started shooting, he said.
Flake said he hid in a dugout while shots were being fired. When it was over, Flake said he and Wenstrup went out to help those who were hurt.
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