Rep. Davis says he thought fellow congressman was dead

Kelly Massey
June 15, 2017

Congressman Rodney Davis was standing at home plate when shots rang out during Republican team batting practice for a charity baseball event to be held against Democrats.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana and members of his staff were among the victims of a shooting early Wednesday during GOP baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia. The gunman, identified as James Hodgkinson, from IL, was also wounded after trading fire with police.

In remarks on Senate floor the Kentucky Republican said senators are concerned for the injured and "will keep them in our prayers" and send wishes for a full recovery.

Davis said he doesn't recall how many shots he heard.

At the same time, Brooks said he and others near the infield dove into the first-base dugout to hide from the shots. Officials with the U.S. Capitol Police, Alexandria Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation later confirmed five people, including Scalise and the shooter, were wounded and transported to local hospitals.

"When I was up to bat I heard a loud noise, what I thought was a construction site dropping a loud piece of metal". I Look up and there's a man with a gun.

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Authorities say two members of the Capitol Police force, Special Agent Crystal Griner and Special Agent David Bailey, returned fire with the gunman before local police arrived shortly after 7 a.m. "Nobody would have survived, ?it was a killing field? because nobody had weapons to shoot back". "And they are the true heroes", said Davis.

Although the practice was taking place in Alexandria, Va., across the Potomac River from the Capitol, police were on hand to protect Rep. Scalise, the majority whip and No. 3 Republican in the House of Representatives.

"If they wouldn't have been there, this would have been a massacre of innocent people". 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.

Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, choking up as he spoke, recounted a similar scene. As a member of leadership, he has a security detail - and Sen. "God bless the" Capitol Police.

"Several security people were hit, one of our staffers was hit, Scalise was hit", Barton said, as he described how his young son had hid from the attack.

Today, the Capitol Police force employs more than 1,700 officers who patrol the Capitol grounds and provide protective services to top lawmakers and their families. "So even though he's wounded. he's trying to make sure Steve Scalise is going to be ok".

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