In an era that has been reduced to partisan bickering, the Congressional Baseball Game is one of the few remaining traditions of bipartisan cooperation. However, in a year where D.C. gridlock is worse than ever, even that tradition was threatened when a gunman opened fire during the GOP practice in Virginia this morning.
Although none of those participating in the practice received fatal injuries, the act of domestic terrorism has succeeded in stunning the country. As investigators try to piece together exactly what happened, new video has emerged from the unbelievable scene.
From the Hill:
An eyewitness is sharing video footage of the shooting attack on the GOP congressional baseball team’s practice Wednesday.
The video, published by the New York Post, shows the field and surrounding area where the shooting took place in Alexandria, Va. More than 50 shots can be heard in the video and a man is shown lying on the ground.Watch: At 39 seconds, you can hear the shots getting closer to the cameraman as they try to identify where the gunfire is coming from.
The video starts just moments before gunfire erupts, causing the cameraman to hit the ground and duck behind a garbage can. The video continues to capture the drama, showing people scattering to find cover behind dugout walls as over 50 shots ring out.
“That guy who’s been shot, is he OK?” the person filming asked. “Is anybody talking to him?”
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and four others were shot in the attack. Scalise underwent surgery and is in critical condition.
Although the video doesn’t capture any images of the shooter, it captures the harrowing experience in great detail. Eventually, Capitol Police exchanged gunfire with the shooter, fatally wounding him.
Despite the terrifying experience, Democrat and GOP managers announced at a joint press conference that the game will go on as scheduled.
[Note: This post was authored by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]