House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said lawmakers are set to learn more about the shooter during an all-members’ briefing later this morning.
A visibly emotional McCarthy said that House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) is out of surgery and that he knows the two Capitol Police officers injured. He described them as “amazing individuals” who saved the lives of lawmakers.
“If you talk to the members who were there, they will tell you they went out into the fire to draw the fire,” McCarthy said. “The shooter was moving toward the dugout where the members were and they were able to take him down.”
McCarthy said he was in the House gym when he learned the news and rushed to his Capitol office to learn more. He remained in the office suite of Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) later in the morning receiving updates.
As House majority leader, McCarthy controls the schedule; he said that committee hearings can resume this afternoon but that floor action won’t resume until tomorrow. He also wouldn’t say whether he thinks the Congressional Baseball Game should proceed as scheduled tomorrow night.
Asked about Scalise, McCarthy started to well up.
“I’ve known Steve since Young Republicans. Long before we ever served in the House,” he said before walking away.