"Luckily no one appeared to be killed", said Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), the manager of the Republican baseball team, which was gathered at a field in suburban Virginia for a regular practice, getting ready for this week's charity Congressional baseball game.
Even if it turns out that the shooter, identified as James Hodgkinson, 66. of Belleville, Ill., had no political motive, it speaks volumes that the nation's current animosities leap to mind when processing such unprovoked violence.
Trump said that "many lives would have been lost without the heroic action" of the Capitol Police officers who took down the gunman.
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Davis said the image of Scalise lying in the outfield will be hard to forget. He said said he took cover in the dugout after the gunman opened fire, and then down a nearby street to safety. Rep. Steve Scalise, the House majority whip, was hit in the hip.
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Most would have happened too long ago to prosecute. "I wanted guidance and I wanted to protect myself", Constand explained. Through the latter he turned the lives of an upper-middle-class African-American family into a groundbreaking TV sitcom.
"I was up to bat and heard a loud noise". I Look up and there's a man with a gun.
"We're grateful for the quick work of the U.S. Capitol Police and first responders. Nobody would have survived, ?it was a killing field? because nobody had weapons to shoot back". Had they not been there, Davis said, it "would have been a massacre".
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.
"Had they not been there, it would have been a massacre", Sen.
At the same time, "we have to ratchet down the rhetoric that we see", said Davis.
Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, choking up as he spoke, recounted a similar scene. These two fearless officers engaged with the shooter.
"I never thought I'd go to baseball practice and get shot at, so I'm probably not a good witness when we're all trying to run away from the bullets", he said.