Podiatrist-congressman stops Majority Whip Steve Scalise's bleeding on baseball field: 7 things to know

Written by Megan Wood | June 15, 2017 | Print  |

Rep. Brad Wenstrup, DPM, R-Ohio, utilized his experience as a podiatrist during the shooting in Alexandria, Va., on June 14, according to wcpo.com.

Here are seven key points:


1. Sixty-six-year-old James T. Hodgkinson opened fire on a baseball practice field where the Republican congressional baseball team was playing.


2. The rifle's bullets hit four people, including Majority Whip Steve Scalise, according to The New York Times.


3. Two of Mr. Scalise's Capitol Police security detail members were injured as they fired shots at the gunman, who died during the gunfire exchange.  


4. Dr. Wenstrup, who has a podiatry practice, ran to help Mr. Scalise after he was shot to stop the bleeding. He told CNN although he pinpointed the entry wound in the left hip, he could not locate an exit wound.


5. Following the shooting, Dr. Wenstrup tweeted: "You never expect a baseball field in America to feel like being back in a combat zone in Iraq, but this morning it did."


6. Mr. Scalise underwent surgery at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. on June 14. His physicians reported Mr. Scalise had internal wounds and fractured bones, according to CNN.


7. A U.S. Army Reserve Officer, Dr. Wenstrup served as a surgeon in Iraq in 2004 and 2005.


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