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Sen. Jeff Flake: Shooter Down, No Fatalities Yet
The Arizona senator, present at the scene of the shooting, picked up Steve Scalise’s phone and called the representative’s wife.
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), present at the Congressional baseball shooting in Alexandria, VA on Wednesday, said that the shooter has been shot and no fatalities have yet been reported.
Flake recounted that after House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) had been shot, Scalise “dragged himself about 15 yards off” the baseball diamond.
The Arizona senator said that the “most critical” injury belonged to a man from Tyson Foods, who “was shot in the chest.” Other reporters backed up this account.
Man named Matt from Tyson Foods who helps with practice was shot in chest at baseball practice
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Flake also reported that a staffer for Rep. Roger Williams (R-TX) had been shot in the leg. “We got a belt and put it around the wound,” Flake said.
The congressmen also made sure that Rep. Joe Barton’s (R-TX) 10-year-old son got to safety when the shooting started.
“I don’t believe any are deceased at this point,” Flake added. However, the shooter had been taken down and a female Capitol police officer had been airlifted to a hospital with a gunshot wound. Another Capitol police officer was taken away by ambulance.
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When Flake had made it over to Scalise, he picked up the majority whip’s cell phone and called his wife to make sure that she did not first hear of the shooting on the news.
Rep. Mo Brooks Gives a Recounting of the Virginia Shooting
The House majority whip was injured in a shootout, that one representative said consisted of between 50 and 100 bullets being fired, in Alexandra, VA on Wednesday.
Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) called into CNN’s “New Day” on Wednesday, almost immediately after a gunman opened fire on the Republican congressional baseball team’s practice in Alexandria, VA.
According to Brooks, the gunman used a semiautomatic relief, and five people were wounded, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), in the shootout that followed between Capitol Police and the gunman.
Brooks estimates that between 50 and 100 bullets were fired before the gunman was taken down. During the shootout, Brooks helped provide aid to an unidentified Congressional staffer that was shot in the leg.
Rand Paul: Capitol Police Saved Our Lives
The Kentucky senator praised the courage and quick response of police officers to the Alexandria shooting.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said that if it had not been for the bravery of Capitol police during the shooting in Alexandria, “it would have been a massacre” in an appearance on CNN on Wednesday.
“I think, with absolute certainty, nobody would have survived without the Capitol Hill police,” Paul said. “They saved everybody’s life, incredibly brave and deserve everyone’s praise.”
Paul said that Capitol police were wounded, but still acted to protect everyone in attendance.
“It was a killing field,” Paul commented, describing the status of the baseball field.
“Had the Capitol Hill police not been there to prevent the advance of the gunmen, as terrible as it is, it could have been a lot worse,” he added.
Paul also praised the tradition of the congressional baseball game and called an attack on the bipartisan celebration “sick and sad.”
“It’s really one of the best things we do. It’s a bipartisan game. I’ve gotten to know many Democrats through this game. We joke around. It’s collegial. It’s for charity.”
Capitol Police Chief: Injured Officers ‘Are in Good Condition’
The Police chief said that the heroic officers are doing better after being shot.
Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa said that the officers who were injured in the shooting in Alexandria Wednesday morning “are in good condition.”
Verderosa thanked the various agencies and organizations helping with the investigation and response.
He described the injuries inflicted to police officers as “not life-threatening.”
“As we get more information, we’ll be working through the FBI and our local partners in the Alexandria police to provide more details as they become available,” Verderosa concluded.
Rep. Davis: Political Hate and Rhetoric Has to Stop
The GOP rep, who was present at the Alexandria shooting, called for the Congressional baseball game to go on as planned.
Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL), who was present at the shooting in Alexandria, VA, called on Wednesday for “political hate and rhetoric” in the United States to stop.
“We stand here in this hallway [of the U.S. Capitol], I have just as many friends on the Democrat side of the aisle,” Davis said. “The majority of what we do in Washington is bipartisan.”
“The disagreement over major policy issues are what what make America great,” he said.
Davis also expressed hope that the Congressional baseball game will go on as planned, and that donors will “double down” on their financial support. The proceeds from the game go to charity.
Rep. DeSantis Confirms Shooter Asked for Political Affiliation of Those Practicing
DeSantis also confirmed the identity of the gunman to MSNBC’s Brian Willaims
Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) confirmed to MSNBC’s Brian Willaims on Wednesday following the shooting involving Congressional Republicans at a baseball field in Alexandria, VA, that the shooter did ask whether it was Republicans or Democrats practicing.
Williams asked DeSantis about reports that he and Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) had spoken to the gunman before the attack and that the gunman had asked if it was Republicans or Democrats who were practicing.
“We left a little after 7:00 [AM]. The rest of the guys were still practicing. Once we got into Duncan’s car, his aide’s car, there was a gentleman that walked up to us, kind of a middle-aged guy, and wanted to know whether it was Republican or Democrats out there. Duncan told them it was Republicans,” DeSantis told Willaims.
DeSantis continued, “We both kind of shrugged it off. By the time we got back to the Hill, when news broke, we immediately called each other and said, that guy was really — we got to report that. So we reported it to the Capitol Police.”
“Now having seen his photo, and I do believe, and I talked to Jeff as well, we both believe that was the guy that has been identified as the shooter, the same guy that came up to our car before we pulled out five, ten minutes before the shooting this morning,” DeSantis concluded.
DeSantis also confirmed to Williams that the picture of the gunman that has been circulating but has yet to be confirmed by authorities is indeed the same person they spoke to moments before the shooting.
Speaker Ryan: “An Attack on One of Us is an Attack on All of Us”
The House Speaker delivered a powerful speech on the House floor in response to the shooting in Alexandria.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) delivered a powerful speech to the members of the House of Representatives in response to the shooting in Alexandria on Wednesday.
“An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us,” Ryan said, receiving a standing ovation from the packed House chamber.
“We are united,” he said. “We are united in our shock. We are united in our anguish.”
Ryan praised the heroic actions of Capitol Police officers, Special Agents David Bailey and Krystal Griner, in the wake of their response to the attack.
Bailey and Griner, both wounded in the attack, managed to take down the shooter despite their injuries.
“This House wants to state unequivocally that we are as ever awed by the tremendous bravery of the Capitol Police.”
Ryan also said that a moment that Congress should keep in their memories for years to come is an image of Democratic members praying for their Republican colleagues.
The Speaker asked the House chamber “to come together” in the face of the attack.
“It is [our] humanity which will win the day, and it always will,” Ryan concluded.
Nancy Pelosi Remarks on the Tragic Shooting in Alexandria
“We will use this occasion to bring us together and not separate us further,” the House Minority Leader declared.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) took to the House floor on Wednesday in a show of unity with Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) to deliver her thoughts and prayers to those who were involved in the shooting in Alexandria, VA.
“Again, we’re not one caucus or the other in this House today, but we speak for each other in saying that we send our thoughts and prayers to our colleague, Steve Scalise,” Pelosi told the chamber.
“I want us to remember every single day the Capitol Police protect all of us, takes risks for us, and while a day like this is a time when we can focus on it so sadly, it doesn’t mean that other days are not as challenging,” Pelosi added.
“It seems…particularly sad that at a time when people want us to come together, and we’re prepared to come together tomorrow night, that this assault would be made,” Pelosi said. “We cannot let that be a victory for the assailant or anyone that would think that way. So tomorrow we’ll go out on the field. We’ll root for our team and [for] everyone to do his or her very best, and we will use this occasion to bring us together and not separate us further.”
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