Sunday, 17 December, 2017

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

GOP Rep. On Shooting: 'I Felt Like I Was Back In Iraq' GOP Rep. On Shooting: 'I Felt Like I Was Back In Iraq'
Stacy Diaz | 20 June, 2017, 02:37

A top House Republican, Steve Scalise, was shot and wounded Wednesday at a congressional baseball practice blocks away from the Capital Building in Washington.

"I felt like I was back in Iraq but without my weapon", he told Fox19.

Amid the chaos, however, one lawmaker's experience as an Army doctor served him well: Rep. Brad Wenstrup, a Republican congressman from OH and an Army Reserve combat surgeon who served in Iraq from 2005 t0 2006 at the age of 46, earning a Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge for his service. "You want to apply pressure to the wound itself because of potential bleeding there", said CNN's Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta in a special edition of Inside Politics on Wednesday. The congressman eventually went from laying on the ground to taking cover behind a building.

Scalise, a Republican of Louisiana, was among several people shot when a gunman opened fire at the baseball field in Alexandria, Va., where congressional Republicans were practicing for an annual charity baseball game against their Democratic counterparts, notes The New York Times. Hodgkinson was taken down by Capitol Police, and Trump said he died later.

When the shooting stopped, Wenstrup and other congressmen ran to Scalise, who had dragged himself off the infield, Sen.

"Steve was playing second base". Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., told reporters.

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.

Brooks told CNN that "I held a cloth over the wound to stop the bleeding as Brad was getting some kind of scissors device to cut through the trousers to try to have better access to Steve Scalise's wound and his hip".

Scalise was shot but reported to be in stable condition.

He said, "Fortunately, there's the security detail there - the Capitol Hill police - or we all would have been vulnerable without return fire".

Wenstrup, a member of the House Armed Services and Veterans' Affairs committees, has served in the Army Reserve since 1998 and now holds the rank of colonel.

Another victim of the shooting was Zack Barth, a staff member for Texas Rep. Roger Williams, Williams said in a post on Twitter.

As part of his current reserve duties, Wenstrup treats patients at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland.

Scalise is "under care right now - I assume he's in surgery right now", Wenstrup told NBC News.