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Wenstrup on shooting: 'I felt like I was back in Iraq but without my weapon'

U.S. Congressman Brad Wenstrup is a Republican from Columbia Tusculum. (Provided) U.S. Congressman Brad Wenstrup is a Republican from Columbia Tusculum. (Provided)
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A congressman from Cincinnati knew exactly what to do when gunfire ripped out at Wednesday's baseball practice of Republican Capitol Hill lawmakers.

U.S. Rep. Brad Wenstrup of Columbia Tusculum is a podiatrist who served as a combat surgeon in Iraq.

He saw that one of his colleagues was down: U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise was shot in the hip at third base.

"About 7:15 though I hear a gun shot," Wenstrup said. "I got out of the batting cage and I hit the deck like so many people did."

That's when one of his colleague signaled that shots were fired.

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"He yelled, 'shooter... he's got a gun,' and people went down, crawling and fighting for their lives basically trying to get to a safe place," Wenstrup said. 

Wenstrup told FOX News he treated Scalise right there on the field, using scissors to cut through his pants to get to his wounded leg.

He is a pediatrician and served as a combat surgeon in Iraq.

"It was just like being in Iraq, but I didn't have a weapon with me and I didn't have infantry with me as well," Wenstruo said. 

Wenstrup credits the Capital Police officers for saving the day. After they took down the shooter, the congressman took action.

"Just did the type of stuff you do in Iraq. You check him out, you examine him. You inspect the entire body looking for other wounds," he said. 

[GOP baseball shooting: Rep. Scalise among victims in 'critical' condition]

Wenstrup said he was pleased to see that Scalise was alert and coherent.

"When I was talking to Steve I just asked him, 'Steve can you count to five. Steve do you know where you are?' His eyes were open. He drank the water, but he didn't move. 'I don't want you moving. You know on this hip. I don't want you to disrupt anything. I don't know where that other bullet is,'" he said. 

Later, in a statement to FOX19 NOW, Wenstrup said "I'm OK. Not everyone is.

"Thank God we had Secret Service protection. It could have been a lot worse without them. It is a sad day in America."

Wenstrup  also described the shooting in a series of tweets:

In all, four people were shot, Scalise remains in critical condition.

Rep. Mo Brooks told CNN:

“After the shooter was down … we deferred to (Wenstrup’s) judgment on what to do,” Brooks told CNN. Wenstrup “was getting some kind of scissors device to cut through the pants” to get to the wound on Scalise.

Capitol police also saved lives, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky, told MSNBC.

Without them, "it probably would have been a massacre," Paul said.

Elected leaders, others tweet thoughts, prayers after shooting

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