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
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Five people were shot Wednesday morning when a man opened fire with a rifle at a baseball field outside Washington, D.C., where the congressional baseball team practices, hitting House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, two staffers, and two Capitol police officers who returned fire, fatally wounding the gunman, The New York Times reports.
More than 50 shots were fired, according to congressional sources, as the suspect sprayed the area with bullets from behind a chain-link fence near third base. Local police said five victims were transported to hospitals, including Scalise, who was shot in the hip and remains in critical condition. The department is investigating the shooting, which went on for about 10 minutes and is said to have been a “deliberate attack.”
Police later identified the suspect as 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson, a politically active Democrat with a history of violence. Hodgkinson’s wife told ABC News that
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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.”