Stories of heroism are emerging after a gunman opened fire at a Republican baseball practice in Virginia ahead of the charity Congressional Baseball Game, scheduled for Thursday.
Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) told CNN he used his belt as a tourniquet to stop bleeding after a staffer was shot in the leg Wednesday morning at the Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria, Va. The park is about seven miles away from the White House.
Five people were injured in the shooting, including Rep. Steve Scalise (the House majority whip) and the suspect.
Brooks said he ran for cover at the cinder block dugout near the first base line for protection. There, he found a group of congressmen and staffers helping an injured staffer.
“I took off my belt and myself, and the other congressman, I don’t remember who, applied a tourniquet to try to slow down the bleeding,” said Brooks.
Brooks said the shooter started approaching as they attended to the wounded staffer, but then the security detail jumped in.
“The shooter starts coming around home plate toward where we are, outside the fence line, and my understanding is that’s where our security detail, maybe some of the ones who were wounded and still defending us, took him down,” said Brooks.
After the shooter was taken down, Brooks said they ran to attend to Scalise.
“We started giving him some liquids, I put pressure on his wound in his hip, and Brad Wenstrup, a congressman from Ohio, Cincinnati, fortunately is a physician. He started doing what you need to do to try to minimize blood loss,” said Brooks.
Scalise was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment and is now in stable condition, according to ABC News.