'Back in Iraq' Without His Weapon: GOP Rep. Describes Attack

Posted June 17, 2017

When the shooting stopped at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park - and before first responders arrived - Wenstrup, a U.S. Army reservist, tended to fellow Congressman Steve Scalise, the House Majority Whip from Louisiana who was shot in the hip. And then I noticed that Steve was down playing second base. Capitol Hill officers assigned to Scalise's security detail and local law enforcement returned fire and captured the attacked.

Wenstrup said Scalise was conscious the entire time.

Wenstrup has served in the U.S. Army Reserve since 1998, and now holds the rank of colonel.

From 2005 to 2006, he served a tour in Iraq as a combat surgeon, earning the Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge.

Scalise is expected to recover from his injuries.

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), who was also assisting with the wound, explained on Fox News that he found Scalise's phone and called his wife, not wanting her to find out the news by another means. Wenstrup described the scene as surreal. "We were getting ready for a game, and you can't believe anything like this would happen".

Scioto County Commissioner Bryan Davis, who has a long standing relationship with Wenstrup, released a statement after news broke of the attack. Also, our appreciation to Congressman Brad Wenstrup, who administered medical assistance to Steve Scalise.

"You never expect a baseball field in America to feel like being back in a combat zone in Iraq, but this morning it did", Wenstrup said.

"[Scalise] is grateful for the courageous actions of U.S. Capitol Police, first responders, and colleagues", the statement reads.

June 14, 2017I urge the nation to keep Rep. Scalise and all injured in their prayers today.

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