Sen. Jeff Flake Describes Shooting At Congressional Baseball Practice


Reporter: THERE’S A RICOCHET, GASH ON THE SIDE OF THAT BUILDING, IN THE CEMENT PART. YEAH. LET’S GO TO JEFF LAKE, CONGRESSMAN. WE DIDN’T KNOW WHETHER TO RUN OR NUMBER AS SOON AS WE FOUND OUT WE HAD A FRIENDLY BEHIND US, WE STAYED. I LOOKED AND SAW THE SHOOTER BEHIND THE BACKSTOP OR BEHIND THE FENCE, BUT HE STILL HAD A LINE OF SHOTS, LINE OF FIRE INTO THE DUGOUT. FIRING THROUGH THE FENCE? WELL, HE WAS FIRING AROUND, BUT HE STILL COULD HAVE SFWIERD THE DUGOUT. THAT’S WHY HE KEPT EVERYBODY DOWN. JOE BARTON ICE BOY WAS HERE, A 10-YEAR-OLD JUST SHAGGING BALLS, WE GOT HIM INTO THE DUGOUT AND STUFFED HIM UNDER THE BENCH. AND JOE BARTON? CONGRESSMAN FROM TEXAS. HE’S MANAGER. DID THIS APPEAR TO BE A COORDINATED ATTACK. IT LOOKS LIKE ONLY ONE SHOOTER, SO I — YOU’VE GOT TO ASSUME HE KNEW WHAT HE WAS DOING HERE. WHETHER HE WAS TARGETING CERTAIN MEMBERS, WE DON’T KNOW. HOW LONG DID THIS GO LONG? DID YOU REALIZE THERE WERE POLICE OFFICERS ARMED WITH YOU HERE? YES. YOU KNEW AHEAD OF TIME. WE DID. STEVE SCALISE IS A MEMBER, THE WHIP. THERE WAS ONE AFRICAN-AMERICAN GENTLEMAN SHOT IN THE LEG AND I BELIEVE HE’S THE ONE THAT BROUGHT THE SHOOTER DOWN. HE RAN AROUND FOR QUITE A WHILE WITH A LEG WOUND, RETURNING FIRE. AND THEN AFTER I GOT OUT — I WAS THE FIRST OUT TO STEVE AND THEN BRAD, ANOTHER MEMBER OF OHIO WHO’S A PHYSICIAN CAME OUT AND WE APPLIED PRESSURE ON THE WOUND. AND HE SEEMS OKAY TO YOU? YEAH. HE WAS COHERENT THE WHOLE TIME. BOY, HE LAID OUT THERE FOR AT LEAST TEN MINUTES ALONE IN THE FIELD. WE COULDN’T GET TO HIM WHILE THERE WERE SHOTS? WHICH WAY. THIS WAY. DID THE SHOOTER SAY ANYTHING? THERE WAS A LOT OF YELLING GOING ON. BUT TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH, SOME OF THE MEMBERS HAD DIFFERENT ANGLES SO THEY MAY HAVE HEARD HIM YELL SOMETHING, BUT I DIDN’T. BUT THE TWO SECURITY DETAIL, I THINK THE WOMAN WAS CRYSTAL IS HER NAME WAS SHOT, I THINK, PRETTY EARLY, AND SHE WENT DOWN. AND SO THE OTHER GENTLEMAN WAS RETURNED FIRE. Reporter: A FEMALE POLICE OFFICER? FEMALE, YEAH, CAPITAL POLICE OFFICER. SHE WAS WOUNDED. TAKEN BY HELICOPTER. WAS SOMEONE SHOT IN THE HEAD? NO. A GENTLEMAN BY THE NAME OF MATT WAS SHOT IN THE CHEST AND HE WAS TAKEN, I THINK, BY AMBULANCE. WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THIS? WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF IT. YOU HAVE NO IDEA. NO IDEA. BUT I GOT STEVE SCALISE’S PHONE AND CALLED HIS WIFE. I DIDN’T WANT HER TO WAKE UP AND HEAR THE NEWS AND NOT KNOW WHAT WAS GOING ON. SO I TALKED TO HER. Reporter: THIS IS SENATOR JEFF FLAKE OF ARIZONA. CHUCK FLASHMAN, MARTY THE PHOTOGRAPHER WAS THERE, I THINK MO BROOKS CAME IN. DURING THAT TIME YOU’D SEE MORE AND MORE PILE IN. ILY WERE ABOUT 12. SOME STAFF, SOME MEMBERS, MAYBE SIX, EIGHT MEMBERS IN THE DUGOUT. BUT LIKE I SAID, THERE WERE PEOPLE HIDING BEHIND TREES. THERE’S A DOG PARK OVER THERE AND ALL THESE PEOPLE OVER HERE, SO I THINK THEY WERE RUNNING IN ANOTHER DIRECTION. YOU SAY TEN MINUTES TO GET THE GUNMAN DOWN BUT YOU HAD SECURITY DETAIL. WHAT TOOK SO LONG? HE HAD A LOT OF AMMO. AND I THINK HE MUST HAVE BEEN SECURED BEHIND THE THIRD BASE DUGOUT FOR A WHILE. SO IT WAS TOUGH TO GET TO HIM. YOU TOOK HE TOOK A TACTICAL STANDPOINT. I WOULD ASSUME SO. MARTY SAW HIM RAISE THE GUN THE FIRST TIME, THE RIFLE. HE THOUGHT, WHY IN THE WORLD IS SOMEBODY BIRD HUNTING OUT HERE AT THIS TIME. THIS — I — LOOKED LIKE HIS 40s. MAYBE 50. DARK HAIR, WHITE, WITH A BLUE SHIRT ON. I THINK JEANS. MY VIEW OF HIM WAS JUST QUICK BEHIND THE DUGOUT. AND WHEN I REALIZED HE HAD A LINE OF SIGHT INTO THE DUGOUT WITH ALL THE MEMBERS THERE, THEN WE OBVIOUSLY WENT BACK DOWN QUICKLY. AND THERE WERE REPORTS OF 50 TO 100 GUNSHOTS. OBVIOUSLY THAT’S BECAUSE CAPITOL POLICE WERE RETURNING FIRE. 50 WOULD BE AN UNDERSTATEMENT, I’M QUITE SURE. Reporter: SIR, WE’RE BEING JOINED BY NATIONAL AUDIENCE. CAN YOU RECAP WHAT YOU SAW FROM THE BEGINNING? WE WERE DOING BATTING PRACTICE, AND THERE WERE A NUMBER OF STAFF FIELDING. MEMBER STEVE SCALISE WAS ON SECOND BASE FIELDING BALLS. ALL OF A SUDDEN WE HEARD A VERY LOUD SHOT. EVERYBODY THOUGHT THAT SOUNDS LIKE A GUN AND THE GUNMAN WAS OVER BY THE THIRD BASE DUGOUT WITH A CLEAR VIEW OF THE FIELD AND EVERYBODY ON IT. AND THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN A COUPLE MORE SHOTS AND WE KNEW WHAT IT WAS. AND I JUST REMEMBER SEEING SOME GRAVEL, YOU KNOW, BOUNCE UP AS SHOTS WERE COMING NEAR US. SO WE CLIMBED INTO THE DUGOUT AND TRIED TO GET OUR OWN PEOPLE ENGAGED. SOME PEOPLE WERE CALLED 911. IT WAS AT LEAST TEN MINUTES BECAUSE WE WERE APPLYING PRESSURE TO ONE OF THE STAFFERS WAS SHOT IN THE LEG, AND WE HAD — WE GOT A BELT OUT AND PUT THAT ON. I COULD SEE STEVE SCALISE OUT INTO THE FIELD. HE DRAGGED HIMSELF AFTER HE WAS SHOT FROM NEAR SECOND BASE ABOUT 10, 15 YARDS INTO THE FIELD JUST TO BE, I THINK, A LITTLE FURTHER AWAY FROM THE GUNMAN. HE WAS LYING MOTIONLESS OUT THERE. SO I WANTED TO GET TO HIM, BUT THERE WERE STILL SHOTS GOING OVERHEAD FROM BOTH SIDES. SO FINALLY WHEN WE HEARD THAT THE SHOOTER WAS DOWN, I JUST RAN LOW OUT TO STEVE AND STARTED PUTTING PRESSURE ON THE WOUND, AND THEN FOR ABOUT 10 OR 15 MINUTES WE DID THAT UNTIL THE MEMBERS ARRIVED. HOW MANY PEOPLE? I SEE YOUNG PEOPLE. BOTH PARTIES? NO. JUST THE REPUBLICANS. THE GAME IS TOMORROW. WE’VE BEEN DOING THIS — I’VE BEEN IN CONGRESS FOR 16 YEARS. THIS IS MY 16th YEAR DOING THIS. TELL US WHAT THAT IS. WE HAVE A CONGRESSIONAL BASEBALL GAME FOR CHARITY. THIS YEAR WE’LL RAISE ABOUT $650,000 FOR SOME UNDERPRIVILEGED KIDS HERE IN D.C. SO IT’S ONE OF THE LONGEST INSTITUTION EVENTS IN CONGRESS. IT’S A BIG EVENT. ABOUT 2,000 WILL COME TO THE GAME IT’S CHARITY EVENT WE DO EVERY YEAR. THIS WAS YOUR FINAL PRACTICE BEFOREHAND. THAT’S RIGHT. I HOPE STEVE’S OKAY. I DID CALL HIS WIFE. I GOT HIS PHONE AND CALLED HIS WIFE TO MAKE SURE WHEN SHE WOKE UP, SHE DIDN’T HEAR NEWS AND LET HER KNOW I THOUGHT HE CERTAINLY

49 thoughts on “Sen. Jeff Flake Describes Shooting At Congressional Baseball Practice

  1. The entire world could see Donald J Trump has viciously incited the most intense bigotry and hatred during campaigning, even called assassination on Hillary. After his election hate crime rate spiked many fold. Portland Trump-fan neo-nazi terrorist killed two heroic Americans. Trump said nothing. Congress ignored it. Yet they cry victim the loudest. Trump Republicans treat themselves like royalties and treat human beings like dirt. SHAME!

  2. It is just the tip of the iceberg, what did you expect, people are going to lash out because of what you are doing to our country, let go of Trump! my regards to the senator, hope he will be ok

  3. DON'T PANIC. Leaders lead, don't fill those you represent with hate. God bless Rep Scalise and our country with speedy recovery.

  4. THE SOCIOPATHIC LEFTIST MEDIA HAS BEEN PROMOTING VIOLENCE AGAINST THE REPUBLICANS AND PRESIDENT TRUMP FOR MONTHS.
    THE LEFT IS UNHINGED AND DANGEROUS.

  5. If everyone had a gun while practicing baseball non of this would happen. Now we have a bunch of free loaders without healthcare going to the ER. Build a wall and ban them all.

  6. Just heard on live TV from one of the government officials that the
    shooter asked if the baseball players were republicans or democrats.
    Once they told him they were republicans the radical leftist hurried to
    make his kill. When will these liberal left stop their violence? They
    pose with a decapitated head, the attack supporters of the president,
    they block traffic and emergency vehicles, and they consistently make up
    false allegations attacking every level of the government that is run
    by republican majority. When you look at it, it appears that the left
    is working for Putin harder than his hackers are.

  7. it's a shame that a group of congressmen cannot play baseball with out something horrible like this happening

  8. The leftist rhetoric and MSM INSPIRE violence against Trump, Trump supporters, and Republicans. This is just one more example to add to the list. Antifa, BLM, Kathy Griffin, Madonna, the theater group depicting Trump, all of it. NOWHERE will you find such a widespread encouragement of violence against Obama during his terms… by the news media, hollywood, late night hosts, musicians, and protest groups. Wake up people. (Don't miss it: The shooter was wearing a blue shirt.)

  9. Fake news. I listened congressman (or senator?) Mo from Alabama's live interview on the radio after this alleged incident… so scripted and fake. he went on and on about how he's a hero and what position everyone plays. Insultingly fake and over the top.

  10. My Prayers go out to those injured in today's Virginia shooting. May the shooter rot in hell.Due to this event, the media is now calling for bipartisanship by our leadership.I would like to suggest the media also take credit for creating this madman.The relentless attacks by the media towards the Trump administration breeds these kind of acts. How about he media starts to report fact and truth that covers both parties, the good and the bad about both truthfully?Can the media share any good news regarding the Trump administration and the bipartisanship that has been occurring since Trump has been in office? There is much good that can and could be reported. News that is not covered by the media due to the medias own agenda.

  11. HE applied direct pressure to the wound and no blood on his hands, he must have had time to wash up hmmmm. No pictures of the body covered up hmmmm. No blood on his shirt, hmmmm. Smiling during this tragic event hmmmmm.

  12. It literally breaks my heart reading some of these comments that promoted this shooting. Saying that Republicans deserved this is sickening. I wouldn't even wish this on a Democrat. A terrorist (because the shooter caused terror) only goes through with these kinds of actions when there is least resistance. I pray for all families affected by this.

  13. Absolutely no one, anywhere, at any point, got any cell phone videos of any part of it? Just wondering………

  14. This happened because we are a divided country! Blame the person in the mirror, pointing fingers is for people who don't have a clue… The Founders didn't mention political parties when they wrote the Constitution, and George Washington in essence warned us against them in his Farewell Address. Education is the light in a corrupted and dark world.

  15. Gunman identified – JAMES T. HODGKINSON a known militant liberal who hated Trump and worked on the Sanders campaign in 2016. He was also a strong believer in "democratic" socialism. His FB page was still up as of a few minutes ago. He also verified that it was Republicans and not Democrats who were practicing at the field before opening fire. 2 police officers (another group liberals target for demonization and assassinations) were also wounded in this terrorist attack. They have been getting their asses kicked at the ballot box at every level since 2010. So, now liberals have just decided to bypass the free election process and just start assassinating & murdering folks who don't agree with them. I implore my fellow patriots to do what is needed to protect yourselves, your families and your property from these left wing terrorist. They aren't just "acting" in a play in NYC or holding up a fake severed head of America's President as a "joke" anymore. Now their TRUE AGENDA and TRUE NATURE has come to light. Be well armed, be well trained, & be well supplied for the unrest to come. We need to be ready.

  16. JAMES HODGKINS WAS A LIBERAL POLLOCK FROM ILLINOIS BECUASE HE WANTED A REAL JOB WITH TRUMPS HOME INPECTIONS AFTER JAMES FAILED IN ILLINOIS SO HE WENT TO WASHINGTON TO INPECT HIS ASSHOLE

  17. This lunatics in media are directly responsible for such freaked out terrorism and being fueled by lying snake in the grass lunatics in media. All that hate, propaganda, spin information put out by the lunatics in media spilled in to brainwashed lunatic sheeple, and I have to say is utterly destroying our country…

  18. Please read. I'm glad it wasn't any worse. Man, can you even emagine how many people could have been hurt or killed if the anti gun crowd would have had it their way? Thank the lord for Trump and the second amendment. If it weren't for good guys with guns to stop bad guys, this bad guy with a gun would have reaked havoc on these innocent people. This is a prime example of when seconds count, cops are minutes away. And, it always happens when no one expects it to happen. That's why the NRA and the second amendment along with ccw and open carry are absolutely critical. Big thanks to those brave people (with guns to return fire) who where there to help stop this sick act.
    And one more thought for you anti gun snobs, lets say you had it your way and no guns were in America, well, you would be responsible for this mad man creating an explosive of some sort and killing many innocent people. Then what? Ban bombs, band explosives?? Listen, bad people do bad things.

  19. Regardless of your beliefs, please care and love one another, it sounds cliche, it sounds simplistic, it sounds childish maybe, but just care for one another, politics is no reason to burn bridges with others nor is it a reason to shoot people regardless of who you are

  20. You people are motivated by HATE, that's why this happened. All of you are responsible because you speak HATE. HATE DIVIDES, LOVE ATTRACTS

  21. How does this guy have all the information already. Like he knows what the guy was thinking the entire time…. hmmm

  22. Fake News. This is obviously another hoax. Also, I never noticed before how much Jeff Flake looks like John Kerry.

  23. Democrats love to promote and encourage hatred, violence, and corruption. They succeed. There will be more to come if the Replicans do not come together.

  24. Let me start by saying nobody deserves to shot like this and I can't stand this guys politics. But for Conservatives to jump on the band wagon and call the Left violent is beyond hypocrisy. Here's a list of just some of the murders committed by Trump supporters I can think of off the top of my head this year alone.

    Guess you forgot about the Trump supporter who killed two people who were just standing up for a Muslim women on May26th.

    Or Iowa cop killer Michael Greene who calls himself a proud Trump supporter.

    Or Phillip Wade, 38 a trump supporter who stabs someone over a fight about politics and sports.

    Or the Trump supporter who told Srinivas Kuchibhotla an Indian IT student to" go back to his country" before killing him

    Or Jasmit Singh in Washington State who was murdered in his driveway as the killer yelled "Go back too your country"

    Im sure there are more if i actually did some research . That and hundreds of hate crimes have been committed since the election of Trump. So please people get your head out of your ass and stop being Hypocritical on this shooting. NOBODY deserves that kind of violence no matter what party your from. Sad I have to tell people that……

  25. How do we know that this is a liberal/Democrat action? I don't disagree it's just that it was hard to see what's going on and I don't know shit about politics.

  26. Americans are angry with a Congress that has little reguard for the people. Congress is supposed to look out for its people. it only has reguard for its wealthy campaign supporters and lobbyists. sadly I see more of this to come if business as usual keeps up in Congress.

  27. I thought they are the party of inclusion? it's all good man, different strokes baby, right? How fast that bullshit fell by the wayside. Quite militant all of a sudden when free speech is being exercised and it's not to your liking. Who's the fascist now?

  28. In fact Jeff Flake is a "Never Trumper" with an affinity for the Clinton Crime Family.  He's failed to deliver during his decades in the D.C. Swamp and even the ACU has lowered his score 2 years in a row to “79”—that’s practically failing if you’re a student!

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