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Congressional Baseball Game Shooting Victim Speaks Out: ‘This Is Supposed to Be a Safe Haven’

Nearly three months after taking a bullet to the chest during a mass shooting at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, Tyson Foods lobbyist Matt Mika is opening up about the attack that targeted Republican lawmakers and injured five people.

Speaking with Good Morning America, Mika said he recently returned to the field where gunfire rang out the morning of June 14. He recounted the moment he first saw the shooter, James Hodgkinson, 66, moments before the Illinois man began spraying the field with a semi-automatic rifle.

“We all yelled ‘Gun!,’” Mika remembered. “I don’t know who yelled it first and we started running.”

House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise, of Louisiana, was critically injured during the shooting, and is now learning to walk again. The 51-year-old congressman had to undergo several surgeries and blood transfusions in the shooting’s immediate

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Many guns in mass shootings obtained legally, including in congressional baseball shooting

The firearms used in last week’s shooting at a Virginia park where Republican congressmen were practicing baseball were purchased legally by the alleged gunman, according to multiple law enforcement sources.

That reportedly follows a pattern, as many of the guns used in recent mass shootings were also obtained lawfully.

According to a database maintained by Mother Jones, there have been at least 90 mass shootings in the United States since 1982, and most of the shooters got their guns legally. The database focuses on what the publication calls “indiscriminate rampages in public places resulting in four or more victims killed by the attacker,” and excludes shootings stemming from more conventional crimes such as armed robbery or gang violence.

Of the 143 guns wielded by killers in mass shootings, more than three quarters were obtained legally, including dozens of assault weapons and semi-automatic handguns with high-capacity magazines, according

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GOP Congressman Injured During Mass Shooting: ‘We Must Play This Baseball Game Tomorrow’

Rep. Roger Williams, a Republican congressman who witnessed the mass shooting in Alexandria, Virginia on Wednesday, underlined the need to continue with the annual congressional baseball game scheduled for Thursday.

“America doesn’t give out; America doesn’t give in,” Williams said on Wednesday. “And we must play this baseball game. If we don’t play this baseball game and we go home, then they win. So that’s the reason. This is America, the greatest country in the world. If you punch us, we will punch back. And we’re going to play baseball tomorrow.”

The Texas representative made the remarks at a press conference, and entered the briefing room on crutches, as he injured his ankle trying to get to cover during the shooting.

Moments earlier, a reporter asked the politician if the Republican congressional team was going to hold one more practice before the game. Rep. Williams replied, “Well, some of us are on

Read more at: http://www.mediaite.com/tv/gop-congressman-injured-during-mass-shooting-we-must-play-this-baseball-game-tomorrow/

Fleischmann: Lucky to be alive after baseball field mass shooting – WBIR

Tennessee Congressman Chuck Fleischmann was mere feet away Wednesday morning when a gunman began firing at a congressional baseball practice outside Washington, D.C.

“I’m just lucky he chose not to shoot me,” Fleischmann told an NBC reporter several hours after the man with a rifle shot at least four people including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, at the Alexandria, Va., field.

Republicans were taking part in the practice about 7 a.m. Wednesday ahead of an annual game featuring Republican and Democratic lawmakers set for Thursday at Nationals Park in Washington. It was unclear if the game would proceed.

Related: Trump says gunman has died

Authorities identified the gunman, who later died, as James Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Ill.

Fleischmann, R-Ooltewah, said he’s taken part in the annual game for seven years. Fleischmann’s district includes Oak

Read more at: http://www.wbir.com/news/local/fleischmann-lucky-to-be-alive-after-baseball-field-mass-shooting/448887480

The GOP baseball shooting is the 154th mass shooting this year …

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By one definition, the GOP baseball shooting is the 154th mass shooting this year

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The GOP baseball shooting is the 154th mass shooting this year

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Congressman Shot in Mass Shooting at Baseball Practice for GOP House Members in Virginia

One Congressman has been wounded in a mass shooting at a baseball field as GOP House members practiced baseball in a field in Alexandria, Virginia, according to multiple reports.

Multiple news outlets are reporting that House Whip Steve Scalise was shot when the gunman opened fire with a rifle shortly after 7 a.m.

Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks told CNN that up to 20 rounds were fired and that Scalise, from Louisiana, and two members of his protective detail were hit.

Brooks said up to five people were shot.

Alexandria police confirmed Wednesday morning that the suspect in a “multiple shooting” is believed to be in police custody.

“APD investigating multiple shooting 400 block E Monroe St,” officials wrote. “Suspect believed in custody. Stay from area, let emergency vehicles thru.”