Then came an explosion of gunfire, and there, near third base, was a man with a rifle.
One round hit Steve Scalise, the majority whip from Louisiana, in the hip, dropping him to ground. He screamed, then dragged himself to the grass outfield as a trail of blood streaked across the dirt.
Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., fell to the ground next to home plate before realizing that, if the gunman moved, he would be an easy target. He got up and dove into the first-base dugout, where about a dozen people had taken cover. Inside was Zack Barth, a legislative aide who, after being struck in the leg, had hobbled over across the field.
“It was bedlam,” Brooks said.
The 10-year-old son of Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, who coaches the team, dove for cover under an SUV. Some people sprinted into the nearby dog park as others leaped the fence and fled.
Terrified, the lawmakers watched as the gunman, who was wearing jeans and a blue shirt, moved methodically from near the third-base dugout to behind home plate as he fired round after round.
On Fox, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., described the scene as “sort of a killing field.”
But almost immediately, Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., noticed someone returning fire near the dugout.
“Are you friendly? Are you friendly?” Flake screamed.
“Yes,” the man shouted back.
Two members of Scalise’s security detail, witnesses said, were shot – but one still kept firing as he dropped to the ground. The other, a woman, was eventually evacuated by helicopter with a serious wound.
Matt Mika, a lobbyist, was struck in the chest, leaving a wound that Flake described as “pretty severe.” He later underwent surgery.
As the shooting continued,…
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