"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.
A congressman from OH who served as an Army surgeon in Iraq rushed to provide emergency medical care at Wednesday morning's shooting at a baseball park outside Washington, D.C. "You assess their wounds, and you cut down their clothes and look for the wound and make sure that you stop the bleeding".
Scalise, 51, was standing on second base when he was shot. Wenstrup, an Iraq War veteran and medical doctor, said they ran to Scalise on the field and "did what I did in Iraq". Rand Paul, who was also present, extolled the bravery of those same Capitol Police officers who ended up in a firefight with Hodgkinson.
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I ran out to Steve Scalise, who was the only one still on the field, laying on the field, and he was conscious and he had been shot in the right hip.
Wenstrup, a podiatric surgeon, devised a tourniquet and applied pressure to Scalise's wound and got him water. He was transported to MedStar Washington Hospital Center, where he is now undergoing surgery. In addition to Scalise, three others were wounded and taken to the hospital, the police said.
Wenstrup praised Capitol police for taking out the gunman and the emergency responders who showed up at the scene quickly. "Capitol police and emergency responders reacted swiftly and courageously - we are grateful for their presence". Two officers engaged the gunman and returned fire, according to the authorities.
Scalise, who is from Louisiana, was said to be in "good spirits" on his way to the hospital, where he underwent surgery on a bullet wound near his hip. Scalise and the other victims were believed to be in non-life threatening condition, according to news reports. To fulfill his reserve duties while in Congress, he treats patients at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.