This morning, a shooter opened fire on the Republican Congressional Baseball Team, injuring Louisiana congressman and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise in addition to four other individuals who have not yet been identified.
Arizona Senator Jeff Flake was on the scene and came to Scalise’s aid.
Here’s Flake’s account of the scene, originally told to CNN and transcribed by Vox:
We were going to batting practice. A number of members and staff fielding. Steve Scalise was on second base. All of a sudden we heard a very loud shot. Everybody thought, that sounds like a gun.
The gunman was over by the third-base dugout with a view of the field. A couple more shots and we knew what it was. I remember seeing some gravel, shots coming near us. We climbed into the dugout and tried to get our own people engaged, some people were calling 911.
It was at least 10 minutes because we were applying pressure to one of the staffers who was shot in the leg. We could see Steve Scalise in the field. He dragged himself from near second base into the field just to be further from the gunman. I wanted to get to him but there were still shots going overhead from both sides.
Finally when we heard the shooter was down, I ran out to Steve and started putting pressure. And then did that for about 10 or 15 minutes. We did that until the medics arrived.
Flake’s office has issued the following statement, which also notes that the senator made the first call to Scalise’s wife to let her know about the shooting before it appeared in the news:
As the center fielder on Republican Congressional Baseball Team, U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) was present…
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