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.
"When I was up to bat I heard a loud noise, what I thought was a construction site dropping a loud piece of metal". He said he didn't feel that was the safest spot so he got out of the dugout and headed to a safer area behind some cars along the street.
Two Capitol Police officers and an aide also were injured, a security source said. He is expected to fully recover, President Trump said in a tweet expressing support for Scalise. "Had they not been there, it would have been a massacre". "I just can't thank them enough and by God's grace everyone, the good guys, who were injured are on a path to recovery". Gibson was part of the protective detail for Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas, who was majority whip at the time, the same post now held by Scalise.
Davis said he doesn't recall how many shots he heard. I know one, at least, got shot herself. "Steve Scalise laid in that outfield while the shooter was there after he'd been shot.
Only we can change that", Davis said.
Paul spoke with MSNBC from the baseball field, where the congressional members had been ordered to shelter in place. "That's political rhetoric that has run amok and it has turned into hate and it may be the reason that we saw the senseless tragedy that we saw today", said Davis. "Ending the divisive rhetoric falls on everyone". The disagreements over major policy issues are what make America great. "You settle those policy difference at the ballot box, not with bullets on a baseball field". The gunman, identified as James Hodgkinson, from IL, was also wounded after trading fire with police. He has died as the result of gunshot wounds. "Let's work together, let's get things done". Not only are the players and staff dedicated to their constituents and our nation, but they are involved with the game to come together from across the political spectrum and raise money for charity.