U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-TN, spoke with NBC Nightly News about his experience at this morning’s shooting at a GOP baseball practice.
“I tried to make a run for the dugout,” he said in the interview. “That’s where a lot of our members got hurt, like myself, trying to jump into the dugout.”
A gunman opened fire on a baseball practice for Republican members of Congress at a park in Alexandria, Virginia, injuring several people-including at least one lawmaker, Steve Scalise, the majority whip-according to The Washington Post.
“When we got to the dugout, we realized we were still under attack,” Fleischmann said. “The shots were still coming.”
Fleischmann said that the Capitol police officers who returned fire probably saved their lives, as they were “sitting ducks” in the dugout.
Two police officers were also wounded, but their injuries are not considered life-threatening, according to NBC News.
Fleischmann said he saw someone in the dugout who was shot in the leg and one congressional aide who was shot in the chest.
“We were told it was OK to get up, and then we realized the magnitude of the carnage,” he said. “One young gentleman got shot in the chest. It was horrible; he was just in my office yesterday.”
For more on the shooting, click here.
Watch Fleischmann’s interview below.
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Eric Wise is a contributing writer. He is currently attending UTC, where he is the assistant news editor for the school newspaper, The University Echo. He also serves as the alumni relations chairman for his fraternity.