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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WWJ) – A Michigan representative who survived a gun attack during a congressional baseball practice Wednesday morning in Virginia is detailing the harrowing moments the gunman opened fire.

Michigan Rep. Mike Bishop tells WWJ Newsradio 950 he was attending the practice around 5:30 a.m., in Alexandria, when shots rang out. He said he and his colleagues were “sitting ducks.”

“As we were standing here this morning, a gunman walked up to the fence line and just began to shoot. I was standing at home plate and he was in the third base line,” Bishop said. “He had a rifle that was clearly meant for the job of taking people out, multiple casualties, and he had several rounds and magazines that he kept unloading and reloading.”

The shooting went on for roughly 10 minutes, with some accounts putting the number of shots fired around 100.

Five people were injured, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana and two Capitol Hill police officers — one, a female who was airlifted from the scene.

Also among those wounded was Michigan-native Matt Mika, a lobbyist for Tyson Foods, and former GOP staffer. He was listed in critical condition.

The suspect, since identified by police as 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill, was shot at last once by police and later died of his injuries.

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“The only reason why any of us walked out of this thing, by the grace of God, one of the folks here (security detail traveling with Scalise) had a weapon to fire back and give us a moment to find cover. We were inside the backstop and if we didn’t have that cover by a brave person who stood up and took a shot themselves, we would not have gotten out of there and every one of us would have been hit — every single one of us,” said Bishop.

“He was coming around the fence line and he was looking for all of us who had found cover in different spots. But if we didn’t have return fire right there, he would have come up to each one of us and shot us point-blank.”

Bishop was uninjured. General Jack Bergman, who represents northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula, and John Moolenaar, from Midland, were also at the practice; neither were injured. Democratic members of Congress were practicing at a different field, miles away.

“Two of our staff was hit, Steve Scalise was hit on second base, I watched him get hit and I couldn’t do anything to help him. We tried to get him off as fast as we could but this guy was relentless with his fire,” said Bishop. “One of our staffers got hit in the chest and I pray for him, I just don’t know what the outcome is going to be. This is a tragic situation and frankly, it’s changed everything as I know it forever.”

Bishop said the man didn’t speak a word.

“He stood there silently. None of us saw him walk up,” he said. “One of our coaches had his son, his 11-year-old son — I have an 11-year-old son, too, who’s supposed to be here — and I am just, I can’t even tell you, I don’t know. Fortunately everybody’s OK. It’s just traumatic.”

Alexandria Police Chief Michael Brown told reporters the situation was stable and “at this point, there is no additional threat.” He referred to the shooting as a closed incident.

It’s not yet clear if the baseball game, which was scheduled for Thursday, will continue as planned. It has been an annual tradition since the early 1900s.

Stay with WWJ Newsradio 950 and CBSDetroit.com for the latest. 

Comments (89)
  1. The war of words needs to stop now. The liberal Media and some high-ranking Democrats like Schumer, Pelosi and Franken among others are creating nut jobs like this shooter. Garbage in begets garbage out. Stop the vitriol on CNN and shows like Morning Joe. You are making unstable people react. This incident could have been worse and the trail of blood is on your heads.

    1. Not helpful Paul. I know Hannity has told you this line of partisan attack- but this type of thinking does not bring the country together. Take Gabby Giffords- shot by a nutjob- but she was a Democrat…Where was your voice then?

      1. One problem Jack. Paul is right. You leftists created this guy. As Obama might say, you built this!

    2. And the chaos begins again!! More false flags, more in the news to try and reach their make believe tipping point. You guys are never going to quit until you think that the stupid little people are convinced that us poor little people need to be saved.

    3. Trump offered to pay the legal bills for anyone who attacked a protester, then backtracked when someone with a slightly higher IQ pointed out what a dumb idea it was. It would be helpful for Trump fans to compare how he does things to how MLP of France would do things. She’s smart enough to engage a heckler and show them wrong; Trump isn’t and can’t. The fact is that both Trump and his low-wattage opponents have encouraged violence, and that’s because they just aren’t that bright. Change things by demanding real debate (see my bio for a link that does just that) rather than making excuses for your “side”.

  2. Jack Rexroad says:

    The Democrat Party of today has been transformed into the most well-funded and lethal hate group this country has ever seen. This is not the noble Democrat Party of years-gone-by. When dis-passionately studied, it can be defined as a totalitarian fascist organism that seeks total power and thinks it noble to destroy anyone or anything it perceives as an enemy – so long as the ends will justify the means.. It’s leadership is almost totally corrupt, and when they speak they speak with vitriol and hate, and four letter words, including the f bombs, are dropped as regularly as a preacher might say “amen.” JFK would not recognize this party. He fought against fascism in WWII, and this is what his party is transforming into? This diseased individual, James Hodgkinson, was probably some miscreant loser kind of guy who got revved up by listening to the hate spewing propaganda from the likes of Nancy Pelosi (a pretend Catholic) or Maxine Waters (a pretend who-knows-what) and he went off.. It’s time for the normal people of the Democrat Party to either take back this corrupt “party” or abandon it..

  3. The media. This blood is on their hands.

  4. Pei Tsing says:

    Amazing these nitwits don’t carry. Especially in this environment. All these democrat brownshirt nazis terrorising every peaceful gathering. Scary.

  5. Frank Walker says:

    Shooter is a Bernie guy; a communist like Bernie. For commies, the only tolerable opponent is a dead opponent. They are willing to do whatever is required to take out any opposition to their sick ideology.

  6. Mark Deckard says:

    After Kathy G and Play Troop horrid gaslighting where were the Dems in congress condemning violence against political leaders? They were silent. They turned thier back instead of raised thier voice. The consumate party of protest went silent and granted the go ahead for the insane and the unhinged to break loose. Were the tables turned and it was Obamas image they would have demanded condemnation from every republican to stop possible incitement…..

  7. “Sitting ducks”.

    Exactly how ordinary citizens feel whose innate, human, civil, Constitutional right to keep and bear arms is denied in places like DC.

    Guns Save Lives.

    QED.

    1. Shooting occurred in VIRGINIA, Alexandria to be exact! NOT Wash DC. Just in case you didn’t read the actual article!

  8. James T. Hodgkinson facebook page (both of them) are filled with nothing but hate. Many people have archived it as I’m sure it will be taken down quickly. The “resistance” movement is a non tolerant hate group and should be shunned by everyone. We can have respectable disagreements about politics if we try. I have a few liberal friends who are respectful, but most are full of vitriol and think they are beyond reproach. The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing – Edmund Burke

  9. The Democrats and their willing accomplices in the media operate with the conviction that evil should never be sacrificed to the good when their evil can easily get the better of the good.

  10. Fortunately, a good guy w/ a gun was there to stop the bad guy (democrat) w/ a gun. This is why I have a CCW permit.

  11. How many times do these tragedies have to happen before we ban all Democrats?
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  12. Doug Hensley says:

    I wonder if the Democrats remember when they were preaching that Republicans, by writing that they were going to target Gabby Giffords’ seat, had incited the guy who shot and killed a Republican judge and shot and gravely injured her.

    The Democrats, today, are staging plays which enact the assassination of “Caesar” (but clearly Trump). They are posting photos ISIS style showing what looks like his severed head. And now this. Can they see the connection?

  13. Mark Lemmon says:

    The Clinton fund and Soros must be getting their money’s worth today…

  14. Jack Riley says:

    This incident is a direct result of the vile hate spewed by both the media and the politicians.

  15. Econ Rules says:

    People with guns just like shooting them.

  16. Shows the total lack of logic from the CPUSA Progressive democrat left. Trump did not defeat Sanders but crooked hillary and her fellow comrades at the DNC did. Seems he should have been upset with hillary and every democrat.

  17. This tragedy is a direct result of the hateful rhetoric being relentlessly promoted every day by Democrat party operatives, leftist academic zealots, Hollywood and the establishment media, including the likes of Steven Colbert, Kathy Griffin, the New York Public Theater, CNN, NBC, The NY Times and the rest of their ilk. It is becoming quite apparent that this toxic hate from the left is causing its self-destruction!

  18. Mike Arvand says:

    guy was a model product of liberal indoctrination. full of hype, driven to violence by media hatred, and too stupid to know that what he did was a crime.

  19. Another violent left winger. It is their quest for power at any costs that is the reason the left should never be allowed political power!

  20. Henry Bowman says:

    Shame on the victims for having a gun that allowed them to save their own lives. Don’t you know guns are evil? Pardon me, while I buy another ticket for Shakespeare in the Park (Trump Assassination special).

    1. You parodied the political left perfectly.

  21. Amy Amrap says:

    Leftism = Degeneracy, envy, lies, bigotry, violence and low IQ.

  22. “The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun, is with a good guy with a gun.”

    DC area pols to announce new “gun safety” laws in 10…9…8…

  23. Perry Bonney says:

    “… But if we didn’t have return fire right there, he would have come up to each one of us and shot us point-blank.”” – Article

    It takes a man (or woman) with a gun to stop a man with a gun, as proven here. In this case, they were police officers, but any (trained) person with a gun could have stopped this act. In fact, this incident demonstrates that an argument can be made that the public needs to be carrying more powerful weapons.

  24. Phil Evans says:

    These leftist wacko shooters are heroes to the snowflakes that don’t have the guts to do it themselves. The gutless ones are purposely instigating this violence with their nasty rhetoric and secretly rejoicing when it happens. Stay armed out there and stay safe!

  25. Troy Dynes says:

    The shooter was a member of a hate group – the DNC.

  26. Leftists, whether they call themselves socialists, fascists, communists, Democrats, Antifa, Greens, Nazis, Black Lives Matter, progressives, or whatever, are a cancer.
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  27. How can anyone be surprised? DNC and MSM have been spreading hoaxes, inciting violence in response to fake events, carefully crafting the narrative to support violence from antifa and BLM. Murdered cops, ordinary people on public transport, now this. This is what the DNC stands for, these are liberal values.

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