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The Ballgame Goes On: Local Members Of Congress React To Shooting Attack


WASHINGTON D.C. TO PREVENT A REPORT ON DRIVELESS VEHICLE TECHNOLOGY. WE HEARD SHOTS FIRED. I WENT AND CALLED 911. AS I WAS ON THE PHONE WITH 911, I SAW A WOMAN RUNNING AWAY IN A PANIC. THE SHOCKING ATTACK THIS MORNING DURING A PRACTICE FOR A CONGRESSIONAL BASEBALL TEAM. A NUMBER OF LAWMAKERS WERE ON THE FIELD WHEN THE SHOTS RANG OUT. REPUBLICAN STEVE SCALISE WAS STRUCK IN THE HIP. HE HAD SURGERY AND NOW IN CRITICAL CONDITION. CAPITAL POLICE FIRED BACK AND KILLING THE GUNMAN. THE MOTIVE IS UNCLEAR, BUT 66-YEAR-OLD JAMES HODGKINSON HAS BEEN ARRESTED BEFORE. POLICE CAL EDITOR JOHN CAUGHT UP WITH DOYLE AFTER THE SHOOTING. Reporter: AN EARLY MORNING PRACTICE FOR THE ANNUAL CONGRESSIONAL BASEBALL GAME IS THE LAST PLACE TO EXPECT GUN VIOLENCE SAID MIKE DOYLE THAT MANAGES THE DEMOCRATS TEAM. I WAS STANDING BEHIND HOME PLATE, AND I GOT A TEXT MESSAGE FROM A MEMBER OF MY STAFF ASKING ME IF WE WERE OKAY. THAT WAS A LITTLE CONFUSING TO ME, AND THEN A FOLLOW UP WAS THERE’S BEEN A SHOOTING AT THE CONGRESSIONAL BASEBALL PRACTICE. I KNEW IT WAS NOT OURS. Reporter: HE QUICKLY LEARNED THAT IT WAS HIS REPUBLICANS COLLEAGUE TEAM UNDER ATTACK. HE CALLED HIS PLAYERS OFF THE FIELD. EVERYBODY WAS KIND OF STUNNED AND SILENT. WE WENT IN TO THE DUG OUT, AND BASICALLY JUST START TODAY SAY A PRAYER FOR THE REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES THAT THEY WERE OKAY. Reporter: THAT’S DOYLE NUMBER 21 SHIRT IN A PICTURE LATER REFERENCED BY HOUSE SPEAKER PAUL RYAN. THERE’S AN IMAGE THAT THIS HOUSE SHOULD KEEP AND THAT’S THE DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES GATHERED IN PRAYER AFTER HEARING THE NEWS. Reporter: I WAS WITH THE SPEAKER PAUL RYAN WHEN A SECURITY MEMBER CAME OVER AND TOOK HIM ASIDE. THAT NEVER HAPPENS. Reporter: ALL THE MEMBERS SAY THAT IT’S TIME TO LOWER THE RHETORIC. I HAVE NEVER SEEN THE LEVEL OF ANGER AND IN STABILITY THAT’S TAKEN PLACE RIGHT NOW. AM I — THIS POINT. Reporter: SO WHAT ABOUT THE BIPARTISAN BALL GAME ON THURSDAY NIGHT. IF YOU ASK THE PLAYERS ON THE DEMOCRATIC AND REPUBLICANS TEAMS WHAT THEY WANT TO DO, THEY WOULD PLAY. Reporter: SO NO SURPRISE THE LEADER HAVE DECIDE TODAY GO ALONG WITH THE GAME ON THURSDAY EVENING. IT RAISES $600,000 FOR LOCAL CHARITIES. REPUBLICANS WON LAST YEAR 8-7 AFTER THE DEMOCRATS WON THE PRECEDING SEVEN GAMES WITH MIKE DOYLE AS THE MANAGER. SECURITY WILL BE TIGHT OF COURSE. NEW AT 6:00, I

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