Published: Thu, June 15, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

A Morning's Baseball Drill Becomes an Assault on Republican Lawmakers

A Morning's Baseball Drill Becomes an Assault on Republican Lawmakers

"I just lived through an incident where I was being shot at and I had no way to shoot back, and if this would have been in Georgia, it probably would have been a different story", said Loudermilk.

Democratic and Republican lawmakers took to the field in Virginia on Wednesday to practice for the upcoming congressional baseball game that is scheduled for this Thursday.

Duncan, for instance, said it was fairly clear to him that the shooter was targeting Republicans in particular. At least one member of Congress - Majority Whip Steve Scalise - was wounded, as were several members of the Capitol Police, who later managed to apprehend the shooter alive. He wasn't carrying anything, DeSantis said.

He's a former high school and college baseball player and serves as a pitcher for the Republicans' congressional baseball team.

"This is deeply personal and [my wife] Sue and I are praying for Matt as he receives medical attention", the congressman said.

A congressional aide said Scalise was in stable condition at George Washington University Hospital. Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks says he was standing in the on-deck circle near the third-base line when he heard loud booms ring out and saw Scalise wounded and running into the outfield.

Jeff Duncan told CNBC on Wednesday he believes he spoke to the gunman before the man started shooting on a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia. "Every year, with a few interruptions, Senate and House members of each party team up to settle scores and solidify friendships off the floor and on the field", their website reads.

"Being in the military, you think about things differently", he said. He and the Capitol police officers are receiving medical attention.

When asked if he thought his teammates were targeted because they were Republican, Duncan said yes.

Senator Lindsey Graham showing gratitude in his post saying: "A hearty thank you to the us capitol police for the job they do in protecting members, staff and visitors each and every day". Brooks said that Scalise, 51, was down on the ground with what Brooks described as "a hip wound".

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