Senator Rand Paul was at Wednesday’s Congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, when a shooter opened fire. He has spoken with various media outlets about what happened. You can listen to one of those interviews in the video above.
“I was in the right field batting cage…And the first thing we heard was a loud gunshot… nobody really dove for the dirt with the first shot, there was a couple of seconds, but then there was a succession of maybe five or 10 shots in a row and people began to drop,” Paul said. He was not injured in the shooting.
“It was also sort of a killing field. It was wide open with an AR-15,” he added. He was hiding behind a tree. while the exact type of gun used in the shooting has not been confirmed by police at this time, Paul assumed it was an AR-15 because of the number of shots being fired off at once.
Congressman Steve Scalise was shot in the hip. He was listed in stable condition but was taken into surgery shortly after being transported to the hospital. He is expected to be okay. A statement on his condition is below.
In addition to Scalise, two Capitol police officers were hit by gunfire, according to WUSA9.
“I do believe without the Capitol police, it would have been a massacre… there would have been no stopping this guy,” Paul added.
The shooting took place at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park, about seven miles from the Capitol.
“Rep. Ron DeSantis told ABC that a man he believes may have been the gunman asked him if it were Democrats or Republicans on the field before he started shooting,” reports People Magazine.
The gunman has been identified as James T. Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Illinois. He was shot and killed by Capitol Police at the scene.