Dramatic video captures sounds of gunfire at congressional baseball practice

Angie Massey
June 15, 2017

Republican members of Congress made their way back Wednesday morning to the Capitol still in the baseball clothes they'd been wearing when gunfire broke out at their practice field in a Virginia suburb. Five people were shot.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk to their vehicle after visiting MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, Wednesday, June 14, 2017, where House Majority Leader Steve Scalise of La. was taken.

Mr Trump said that "many lives would have been lost without the heroic action" of the Capitol Police officers who took down the gunman.

Tim Ryan is the USA representative for Ohio's 13th District. We are united in our shock. An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us.

Williams, who has been playing on the Republicans' congressional baseball team for a decade, witnessed the shooting, but was not shot himself, although he sustained injuries while attempting to escape the shooter, 66-year-old James Hodgkinson. He was killed when police returned fire. "We can have our differences, but let's not let it lead to such hate".

"Scalise was the more conservative voice many members have been clamoring for and he's from a red state", NPR's Ailsa Chang reported at the time.

Doyle put his hand on Barton's shoulder several times as the Republican, who was at the practice with his son, recalled the horror of realizing that friends and co-workers were under attack.

"All of a sudden, we heard a loud, what sounded like a gunshot, very loud and very close", Sen. Everybody thought, that sounds like a gun. "And Trent looks over, he says, 'It's a shooter'". He said Scalise was conscious, answering questions, and asked for water.

Brooks said there were a number of congressmen and congressional staffers lying on the ground, and at least one of them was wounded. Brooks was on deck when the shooting started.

The baseball game will still be held Thursday. They have a rifle.

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Mr Trump spoke to the House of Representatives majority whip's family during a visit to MedStar Washington Hospital Centre on Wednesday evening. The Democratic baseball team invited the Republican team to the Democratic Club Wednesday night for dinner.

BENNETT: Scalise was struck in the hip. Many pondered security changes that could be in store, but most acknowledged it was not feasible to give all 535 lawmakers on Capitol Hill a security detail. Those two security details, those two Capitol police officers, they showed incredible bravery - pistols against a rifle - from a 90- to 120-feet distance.

While police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation said it was too early to determine whether it was a deliberate political attack, the shooting intensified concerns about the sharp divide and bitter rhetoric in USA politics.

CHIEF MICHAEL BROWN: We were there within three minutes.

A congressional aide and a lobbyist were also wounded.

Rep. Jeff Duncan of SC said he had just left the practice and encountered the apparent gunman in the parking lot before the shooting.

JEFF DUNCAN: As we were walking through the parking lot to our vehicle, we were approached by a gentleman who asked if the team on the field was the Republican or the Democrat team. "We had that special connection", House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said in an emotional speech on the House floor. And there was nothing earth-shattering about it. People are walking dogs. This is a city recreation area, YMCA right beside it.

Sen. David Perdue suggested that perhaps police should be present for groups of lawmakers gathering outside the Capitol, but he argued it was important for Congress not to wall itself off from the public. Also shot and injured was Matt Mika, who is employed by Tyson Foods.

The Congressional Baseball Game is scheduled to be played on Thursday.

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