Attempted Assassination of Steve Scalise
Steve Scalise, the Majority Whip for the US House of Representatives, has been shot along with a number of aides at baseball practice in Virginia, according to media reports.
Scalise was shot in the hip along with some of his aides by a gunman using a rifle during a congressional baseball practice at the Eugene Simpson Baseball Fields in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virgininia.
Alexandria police say that a suspect is in custody and is “not a threat”.
White House Press secretary Sean Spicer said on Twitter that both US President Donald Trump and the Vice President Mike Pence are aware of the “developing situation”.
Scalise supported President Donald Trump’s 2017 executive order to impose a temporary ban on entry to the U.S. to citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries. He stated that “It’s very prudent to say, ‘Let’s be careful about who comes into our country to make sure that they’re not terrorists.
— Good Morning America (@GMA) June 14, 2017
— Adam Shaw (@adamleeshaw) June 14, 2017
Stephen Joseph Scalise (born October 6, 1965) is the current United States House of Representatives Majority Whip and representative for Louisiana’s 1st congressional district, serving since 2008. He is a member of the Republican Party and was the chairman of the conservative House Republican Study Committee.
Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, a true friend and patriot, was badly injured but will fully recover. Our thoughts and prayers are with him.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 14, 2017
Prior to his congressional tenure, Scalise served for four months in the Louisiana State Senate and twelve years in the Louisiana House of Representatives. On June 19, 2014, Scalise was elected by his Republican colleagues to serve as Majority Whip of the United States House of Representatives. He assumed office on August 1. He is the first Louisianian in the Majority Whip’s position since Democrat Hale Boggs of Louisiana’s 2nd congressional district held the position from 1962 to 1971. In 2017, Scalise became the dean of the Louisiana Congressional delegation upon the retirement of former senator David Vitter.
On June 14, 2017, Scalise was hit by gunfire after a shooting in Alexandria, Virginia.