Williams said he and his staff member, Zach Barth, hugged each other during the gunfire. Capitol Hill police officers Crystal Griner and David Bailey, who were assigned to a detail protecting Scalise due to his place in Congressional leadership, returned fire and both were injured as well before Alexandria police arrived and provided aid.
Williams wasn't shot but injured his ankle diving into the dugout for cover, he said.
A gunman opened fire at a Republican baseball practice early Wednesday morning, shooting several attendees. He left a trail of blood as he dragged himself to the outfield, seeking distance from the gunman who said nothing as he fired.On her front porch just across the street from the field in a trendy, family-friendly neighbourhood, Reba Winstead heard a dozen shots.
According to Williams' office, the Republican baseball team regularly practices at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria starting at about 6:30 a.m. Williams has served as the team's coach since he joined Congress in 2013.
Brooks said he's "thankful" that Wenstrup, also an Iraq War veteran, was there to help Scalise. Steve Scalise, of Louisiana, was among those who were hurt. Rep. Williams later confirmed that Barth was the aide who was shot and said he's expected to make a full recovery. On Wednesday night, the eve of Thursday's game, Doyle announced that the Democratic team had invited the GOP team to dinner at their club.
"When America gets punched, America punches back". Brooks stripped his belt off and the men used it as a tourniquet on Barth's leg, Williams said. "I think these people that want to destroy our lives and our livelihood here in America, they win if we give in".
"I was pinned down in right field", Barth said.
For most people, their first thought upon hearing of the shootings at a baseball practice for Congressional Republicans went something like this: Why are members of Congress on a baseball diamond at 7 a.m. on a weekday?
"When I got into the dugout".
In a statement, the Capitol Police say, "Out of an abundance of caution, the USCP has deployed a robust police presence throughout the Capitol Complex". "We are going to play baseball tomorrow".
Mr. Scalise was out of surgery and was in critical condition as of Wednesday afternoon, according to MedStar Washington Hospital Center. "The Lord worked yesterday, he saved us".