The events of Wednesday morning are terrifying and they won’t soon be forgotten, particularly by the GOP Congressmen who were forced to live through the horrible attack.
Thankfully, while 3 victims were shot and 2 others suffered other injuries, it now seems that all of the victims will enjoy a full physical recovery. Now, as the initial chaos calms down, we are beginning to learn more about what happened on that baseball field.
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Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) who left just before the shooting explained that he and fellow Congressman Jeff Duncan (R-SC) experienced as they walked past the man who would soon shoot at their colleagues.
I had already taken ground balls, hit. Jeff Duncan, who I ride with, from South Carolina, he had done. So I.. and I was actually at third base he was at short. We were just shagging balls. He was at second. I told Jeff, hey, we got to get on the road so we beat traffic, so we left about ten after seven. I think shots began you know within 3-5 minutes after that. We reported to police that there was a gentleman that confronted us when we were going to our car and he wanted to know whether it was Republicans or Democrats that were out there. We said it was Republicans and he kind of started walking to the field. I don’t know if that was the guy, but I think it’s important to put that information out there and it was a little bit different than someone would do that. He was really interested in wanting to know who was out there.
Rep. DeSantis who at baseball practice recalls: “A guy…walked up to us that was asking whether it was Republicans or Democrats out there.” pic.twitter.com/GwozCPRdve
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Duncan also gave his version of events to the media:
Congressman Mo Brooks (R-AL) was also at the practice described the harrowing events on CNN:
“I hear a loud bam. And I look around, behind third base, behind the third base dugout, and I see a rifle. And I see a little bit of a body and then I hear another ‘bam’ and I realize that there’s is an active shooter. At the same time I hear Steve Scalise over at second base scream, and he was shot… The gun was a semiautomatic. It continues to fire at different people. You can imagine all the people in the field scatter…
I was lying on the ground with two or three others as gunfire continued, and when I heard a break in the gunfire I decided to take a chance. Ran from home plate to the first base dug out…
There were a number of congressmen and congressional staffers who helped us, lying on the ground. One of them was wounded in the leg. Took off my belt and myself and another congressman applied, I don’t remember who, a tourniquet to try to slow down the bleeding…
And there must have been 50 to 100 shots fired, hard to itemize them. Eventually it seems that the shooter shot both of our security detail people.”
Brooks also reveals that the shooter had begun moving toward his victims but fortunately the police had just arrived and were able to shoot the man before he made it to his victims.
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) told MSNBC what he saw from outside the field (he was in the batting cages):
“We were picked up by a car driving by that had a Congressional staffer who they knew. We jumped in the car and left the scene at that point. The Capitol Hill police, from my understanding is, like I say, incredibly brave and probably saved the lives of everybody there. Had they not been there, it would have been a massacre. And because there is no escaping a guy with — if he’s got several hundred bullets and we had no weapons and no place to hide. So if he would have advanced on the rest of us, there would have been no chance. The only chance we had was that the shots were returned by the Capitol Hill police. From what I understand they both were shot. I hope they are okay.”
Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH), who is a doctor and he served in the military as a medic, was on scene as well and delivered first aid to Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) who lay wounded in the outfield.
“I went out to Steve Scalise. I felt like I was out in Iraq as a surgeon. And Steve was conscious and okay and that’s all I’ll say about that. They got him out of here and the others.”
— CBS News (@CBSNews) June 14, 2017
The local Alexandria, Virginia police along with the Capitol police updated the media on what happened, and how they are proceeding: