Mo Brooks describes Va. shooting, assists wounded

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Mo Brooks gave a firsthand account of the shooting that injured Republican Steve Scalise of Louisiana during congressional baseball practice just outside of Washington.

Several other people were also believed to have been hit, according to the Alabama congressman who witnessed the shooting.

Brooks told CNN Wednesday morning he heard “a loud bam, seeing a rifle and then another bam,” and heard Scalise scream.

Brooks continued: “He continues to fire at different people, you can imagine all the people on the field scatter. I run around to the first base side on the batting cage … and hide behind the plastic. … Gunfire continues. Heard a break in the gunfire and decided to take a chance.”

Brooks added that there were about “50 to 100 shots fired,” and that he used his belt to apply a tourniquet to one of the injured.

Brooks said security guards returned fire and the shooter shot the security detail, circling around third base.

“My understanding it that’s where our security detail …” he said, “still defending us, took him down. Once we got the all clear that the shooter was down, we went out to the outfield for Steve Scalise, he had crawled out in the outfield leaving a trail of blood.”

Brooks said at least five people were wounded, Brooks said.

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