Rep. Fleischmann was at the shooting in Alexandria, he told reporters about the terrible event.
Michael Schwab/The Tennessean
WASHINGTON – Rep. Chuck Fleischmann couldn’t tell from which direction the gunshots were coming, but he knew he was in danger.
“It was loud, it was constant, so I actually ran and jumped into the dugout,” the Ooltewah Republican said.
Other members of the Republican congressional baseball team huddled inside the dugout as the gunfire continued for several minutes at the practice field in Alexandria, Va., just outside of Washington.
“It’s just a madhouse here,” Fleischmann said shortly afterward during a telephone call from the scene. “It’s horrible. I’ve never experienced anything like that.”
A gunman opened fire around 7 a.m. Wednesday on the GOP congressional baseball team, wounding Louisiana congressman Steve Scalise and four other people as horrified legislators and staffers scrambled for cover amid a hail of bullets.
Authorities identified the gunman as James Hodgkinson, 66, from Belleville, Ill. President Donald Trump later said the suspect was killed in the ensuing shootout with Capitol Police. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont said Hodgkinson had…
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