Trump visits hospital treating wounded lawmaker
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 15, 2017,
Jun 15, 2017, 13:21
The GOP lawmakers' team was taking batting practice when gunshots rang out and chaos erupted.
Two years later, he stepped down from that role when he was elected chief Republican whip, a coveted position traditionally seen as a stepping stone to greater power in Congress.
Shortly after 7 a.m., a man consumed by hate opened fire on Republican members of Congress as they practiced. She recalled no other noise until she heard a police officer command, "Get down!" So I started crying and laid flat on the ground with my dogs.
"Maybe it's the military guy in me, I'm having mixed emotions".
"We had nothing but baseball bats to fight back against a rifle with", Brooks said. "But I think what's also disappointing, is when you have these tragedies, unfortunately there are people - Washington politicians - that try to take advantage of those tragedies to then come behind and try to impose their agenda", he said at the time.
Thankfully, special agents David Bailey and Crystal Griner, two fearless Capitol Police officers on House Majority Whip Scalise's protective detail, took down the attacker, after suffering injuries themselves, and prevented him from doing any more damage.
In a statement, Texas Rep. Roger Williams, one of the team's coaches, said one of his staff members was shot during the incident and is receiving medical attention. And it was clear that there was a gunman. That's where he and others were hurt as everyone dove into the dugout to avoid the gunfire. I was stunned because I was just thinking in my head, why would someone do that?.
When Mr. Evans got to work, "It was an eerie feeling, really quiet in the Capitol", he said. Mike Crapo. "I also commend and thank the men and women of the U.S. Capitol Police. It makes you feel vulnerable", said Rep. Patrick Meehan, R-Pa., a pitcher on the baseball team. Kevin Yoder plays outfield for the Republican congressional baseball team.
The gunman had a rifle and "a lot of ammo", said Sen.
Members described Scalise dragging himself roughly 15 yards away from second base, where he had been playing, and lying there until the shooter was neutralized, at which point some of them ran to assist him and apply pressure to the wound until he could be evacuated. He added that Scalise was bleeding "quite a bit".
The gunman, later identified as 66-year-old IL man James T. Hodgkinson, died from gunshot wounds at the hospital after a gun battle with police at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park Field, where dozens of GOP lawmakers were holding their final practice before an annual charity game against Democrats.
In a statement from the White House Wednesday morning, Trump called for unity across party lines after the shooting.
Photographer Marty LaVor was a witness to the shooting.
As for Johnson, he says he hopes the baseball game can go on as planned, something he knows Scalise would have wanted.
He was watching practice, LaVor said, when "I happened to look over, I saw the gunman, white male, behind a chain-link fence, behind third base".
"I'm right and you're evil".