House Democrats pray after Republican congressman, others shot at baseball practice
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 15, 2017,
Jun 15, 2017, 13:07
And it was just a little odd.
"If he had wanted to, my back was to him, I could have been his first victim", said Rep. "The kind of guy who could disappear in the crowd".
Trump said Hillary Clinton "wants to take away Americans' guns and then admit the very people who want to slaughter us".
The gunman has been identified in media reports as James T. Hodgkinson III, 66, of IL, who was a Democratic activist with an arrest record including charges of battery and domestic violence. Pat Meehan, who wasn't at practice Wednesday morning, says to a group of reporters before being overwhelmed with emotion and tearing up.
DeSantis described the man as nondescript. Because of busy schedules, the practices for both parties begin at about 6:30 a.m.
The Democratic politicians were practicing at a different field at the time of the shooting. "It's a community field with picnic benches similar to what you might find in Florida".
The shooting at Republican lawmakers on an Alexandria, Virginia baseball field brought prayers and support from the Democrats who oppose them politically - but rallied to them in a time of crisis. "There would have been zero security had Steve not been there". And when Hodgkinson's name was made public, DeSantis said he did a Google search that left no doubt he had spoken with the gunman.
And so, early Wednesday morning, I jumped in my vehicle and drove to baseball practice in northeast D.C. On the other side of town, in Alexandria, Virginia, my Republican colleagues were doing the same, getting ready for Thursday's big charity game.
They returned to Capitol Hill, and DeSantis went to the House gym to take a shower.
Duncan said he did not plan to do anything differently. "I thought it was a little weird, but I still didn't think it would result in a shooting".
"This is a shocking act of violence in Virginia and I'm praying for all those wounded in this morning's shooting", said Ossoff.
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