Lawmakers noted their good fortune in having armed protectors on hand - "Thank God", they exclaimed over and over - and said otherwise the shooter would have been able to take a huge deadly toll. James Richards (D-S.C.) also loved the Congressional Baseball Game 69 years ago. "I saw the shooter clearly with his rifle, aimed and shooting around one corner of a building", he said in a video statement. "It's just making sure nothing is happening around me that that I should be aware of or I should pay a little extra attention to".
"I was batting, we heard a loud noise.... This is not good.' I said 'call for help'". Brooks estimated that 50 to 100 shots were fired.
Representative Joe Barton, who was at the scene, told reporters the gunman was a middle-aged man who appeared to be white and was wearing blue jeans and a blue shirt. All members of the GOP baseball team have been accounted for. "He's shooting back across the in field at the man with the rifle". Scalise's security detail and Capitol Hill police immediately began to return fire and the Alexandria police also immediately came and began to return fire. "It wasn't long until we found out there had been a shooting down at the baseball practice and my heart just sank because I have so many friends that are on the team". "He said, 'These are Republicans.' And moments later he started hearing the gunfire". Peoples dropped her belongings and ran back to the Y, banging on the side door until someone let her in.
If he practiced today, he might have been near Scalise, who was standing at second base when a bullet struck him.
"Suffice it to say I believe that our officers acted, I believe, heroically today".
The bravery and quick response of U.S. Capitol Police prevented Wednesday's shooting at a Northern Virginia baseball field from becoming a "massacre", congressmen at the center of the terrifying ordeal said.
Davis said his message to the shooter is, "We are the greatest country in the history of the world. And you didn't succeed, and there is a warm place in hell for you, too".
The St. Clair County prosecutor says Hodgkinson has an arrest record.
Some other lawmakers in attendance were: Sen. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tennessee. Authorities refused to confirm that identification at a mid-morning press conference.
Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Tim Slater told a news conference that investigators were still "exploring all angles" and that it was too early to tell if the Republican lawmakers were deliberately targeted.
"I don't know that this guy's ever been a rational, invisible functioning member of a community, but at some point he got radicalized, and if you dig deep you'll find - we've got examples of it to share with you", Mr. Limbaugh said. "I'm grateful for the first responders, the Capitol police who took out the gunman, and how they protect us here in Washington every day".
Trump has canceled his speech Wednesday at the Department of Labor and Vice President Mike Pence has canceled a speech he had set for Wednesday morning. Two Capitol police officers, Krystal Griner and David Bailey, were injured as well.
Zack Barth, a legislative correspondent working for Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas, was among those shot, according to a statement from Williams.
Paul said Scalise's security detail exchanged fire with the active shooter.
Barton said the shooting lasted 5-10 minutes, and there were dozens if not hundreds of shots fired.
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