On Shooting: 'I Felt Like I Was Back In Iraq'

Ohio Congressmen Wenstrup and Johnson unharmed after shooting in Virginia

GOP Rep. On Shooting: 'I Felt Like I Was Back In Iraq'

"You assess their wounds and you cut down their clothes and look for the wound and make sure that you stop the bleeding", Wenstrup said.

Republican Rep. Brad Wenstrup helped House Majority Whip Steve Scalise after the shooting at a Republican baseball practice Wednesday, and he compared the gunfire to when he served in Iraq.

Photo Credit: Alex Brandon/AP "You never expect a baseball field in America to feel like being back in a combat zone in Iraq, but this morning it did", he said.

A gunman, identified by President Donald Trump as James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill., opened fire just after 7 a.m.at the baseball field in the Washington, D.C. suburb, where Republicans were practicing for an annual charity event - the Congressional Baseball Game.

The gunman died in a shootout with police on the scene, according to the report.

Scalise, 51, was standing on second base when he was shot.

Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama said in a separate interview with CNN that at a certain point, the shooter came around the third base dugout towards home plate.

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I ran out to Steve Scalise, who was the only one still on the field, laying on the field, and he was conscious and he had been shot in the right hip. "I put pressure on his wound in his hip". Mr. Scalise was transported to MedStar Washington Hospital Center for surgery. Mika remains in critical condition.

After Scalise's security detail, two members of the Capitol Police named David Bailey and Crystal Griner, and their colleagues, had neutralized the shooter, Flake found Scalise's phone and called his wife, so she wouldn't hear about his injuries on the news.

Capitol police also saved lives, Sen. Both officers were shot before they took down the gunman.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that Wenstrup, who is a doctor, administered medical care to the shooting victims.

The Capitol Hill police, Wenstrup said, would not have been there had Scalise not been a member of the House leadership.

"These things are not good for America", Wenstrup said.

"I can tell you firsthand Steve Scalise was extremely courageous and did what he was supposed to do to minimize any damage", Wenstrup added.

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