Obama Called Sen. Jeff Flake After Ballfield Shooting

Obama Called Sen. Jeff Flake After Ballfield Shooting

Obama Called Sen. Jeff Flake After Ballfield Shooting

Flake said Scalise was conscious. "And we are not going to run and hide". A number of members and staff fielding.

Scalise, the House GOP whip along with a staffer, a lobbyist and two Capital Police officers, were shot at the team practice. "So finally when I heard someone said "the shooter is down" I ran out to Steve, and put pressure on the wound". Flake. "Everybody thought "sounds like a gun". We climbed into the dugout and tried to get our own people engaged, some people were calling 911. "And then [Congressman] Brad [Wenstrup] from OH, who's a doctor, ran out there and we cut away the uniform and got some gauze", Flake said.

"Scalise was laying motionless in the field". He had dragged himself into the outfield and there was a trail of blood where he went.

Flake said he put pressure on the wound with "just my hand" and then was joined by someone with gauze and they applied pressure. And then did that for about 10 or 15 minutes.

As the center fielder on Republican Congressional Baseball Team, U.S. Sen. "Sanctuary Senator Jeff Flake". Flake was standing along the first base line when the gunman opened fire.

The senator took shelter in a dugout and helped one of the wounded. Flake was not hurt in the attack. Flake estimates more than 50 shots were fired.

Among those hiding alongside Flake was Congressman Roger Williams of Texas.

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"As soon as we got him into the ambulance, I got his phone and called his wife, just to make sure she didn't hear the news before".

Flake said Scalise was wounded in "the left hip".

Scalise is the first member of Congress to be shot since former Arizona congresswoman Gabby Giffords was shot in 2011. If you serve the institution of Congress, you're connected to your colleagues, current and former, by a shared sense of service to ideals far greater than yourself.

"And I kept yelling: 'Are you friendly?" Quick and heroic actions by a Capitol Police security detail and Alexandria Police thankfully averted others from being shot or killed.

"I don't know if anybody was targeted". Our nation is resilient, and we always come back stronger.

"I was in the parking lot when a guy walked up to two men [congressmen] and I heard him ask if it was Republicans or Democrats over on the field", said a woman who would only identify herself as Susan.

Flake, a Republican from Arizona, didn't remember whether the gunman was saying anything, but he wasn't certain - in the exchange of bullets between police and Hodgkinson, there were moments when the senator didn't even know which gunfire was coming from which side.

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