Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) was present at the baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, where a shooter opened fire during practice for the congressional baseball game. The 63-year-old managed to call into CNN and tell his harrowing story despite having just been through hell.
So far, it has been reported that Rep. Stephen Scalise (R-LA) has been wounded, among several others.
He began his call emotionally describing the congressional baseball game, a charity event that takes place at Nationals Park on Thursday [emphasis added]:
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“Yes, sir. Forgive my voice for cracking a little bit, but the adrenaline and the emotion is still high. […]
I was on deck about to hit batting practice on the third base side of home plate, and I hear a loud bam, I look around, and behind third base in the third base dugout, which is cinder block, I see a rifle. And I see a little bit of a body, and then I hear another blam, and I realize there is an active shooter. At the same time, I hear Steve Scalise over near second base scream. He was shot. He’s our majority whip.”
“The gun was a semiautomatic. It continues to fire at different people. You can imagine all the people in the field scatter. I run around to the first base side of home plate, and we have a batting cage that’s got plastic wrapped around it to stop foul balls, and hide behind the plastic. You know, that plastic’s not real good. I was lying on the ground with two or three others as gunfire continues. I heard a break in the gunfire and decided to take a chance. Ran from home plate to the first base dugout, which is also cinder block and down about two or three feet so you have better cover. There were a number of congressmen and congressional staffers who help us lying on the ground.
One of them was wounded in the leg. Took off my belt, and myself and another congressman applied a tourniquet to try to slow down the bleeding. In the meantime, I’m towards the right field side of the dugout, and there is gunfire within about five or six, seven feet of my head. I look up, and there’s a guy with a gun blasting away, Fortunately, it was one of the good guys — one of our security detail — who was shooting back. Of course, it was pistol versus rifle — our pistols versus the shooter’s rifle — along the third base line just outside the chain link fence, and he was ordering us to stay down.”
Hear the rest of Rep. Brook’s harrowing account in the video above.
As it stands right now, there are no fatalities as a result of the shooting, but the investigation is still ongoing.
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