Congressman Details Hectic Moment Under Fire: ‘We Were Sitting Ducks; Gun Saved Our Lives’

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. 

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One Comment

  1. Pat Roy says:

    Motive is unclear at this time…

    1. The shooter stated he wanted to kill Republicans. You would have to be pretty dumb or a liberal (redundant, I know) not to get that fact.

      1. I feel like you are not picking up on the sarcasm.

  2. Lulua Mahalo says:

    Thank God for at least one person having a gun to return fire.

  3. Toren Nerot says:

    “Are those Republicans or Democrats out there?” asked the shooter. When he learned they were Republicans, he opened fire. The ‘Campaign of Hate’ launched by Democrats and their media allies, seems to bearing fruit.

  4. tngilmer says:

    It was just a matter of time before the left resorted to Chavez style violence. Arm up folks. Battle of Lexington and Concord. “Stand your ground. Don’t fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war let it begin here.” Captain John Paarker, to his Minute Men on Lexington Green, April 19, 1775.

  5. Before the onslaught of the gun “banners” begins….. please take note that the only thing that interrupted this “Bad Guy” with a gun from killing and injuring many more, was a “Good Guy” with a gun who was able to return fire and allow others to escape!!

  6. Doug Day says:

    Leftwingers, thankfully, can’t shoot straight. The question now is should the Republicans retaliate?

  7. Notice that the left-wing media purposely omitted the fact that the victims were all Republicans and the shooter was a crazy leftist. That intentional omission qualifies this writer as a producer of fake news.

  8. More violence from the Dem party of hate and insanity.

  9. It appears that the Leftists have started the next phase of their desired Civil War.

  10. Tomas Cruz says:

    The resistance party and their media was looking for a revolution. They’re about to get one.

  11. Saul Korn says:

    This was obviously a terrorist event by any metric ! You don’t have to be a Muslim to be a terrorist! It is also obvious that the lefts constant spewing of hate is bearing fruit ! The leftist m,edia is also guilty of this constant barrage of out & out hate speech , time to call it what it is and bring charges against these people !!

  12. You on the left must be so proud. First the severed head of the Pres, then stabbing him in the park, now this. I hear Alec Baldwin is cheering right now.

  13. Troy Dynes says:

    This terror attack is a direct result of the hateful rhetoric spewed by the DNC/MSM.

  14. Judy Wilson says:

    Queue the NYTimes to “decry the violence” before spending the remaining paragraphs detailing the “increase” in hate crimes and blame the environment on Trump.

  15. The hate and division Obama started is in full bloom.

  16. Brian Dillon says:

    Game changer . . . the “Resistance” must now be dealt with swiftly. No coincidence that they perpetrated this terrorism in the most American of American settings: a baseball field.

  17. Mike Arvand says:

    more crazy ass liberals doing what they do best. what do your expect when the media is decapitating and stabbing presidents in live shows. The low information democrat voting morons will take this to heart.

  18. chefjimmie1 says:

    Thank God that someone was armed! I can’t believe that CBS is allowing the truth – that a conceal carry person SAVED THE LIVES of many people. That’s why in this insane world we find ourselves in today, we NEED to be armed! I carry everywhere I go, especially Walmart!

  19. David Grimes says:

    Is this the first shot of the second American Revolution?

    Okay.

    Obviously they can’t shoot for sh1t.

    BRING IT!

  20. Yet another violent democrat coaxed on by the violent rhetoric coming from the democrat politicians, media and Hollywood. If the democrats want a civil war we should give it to them times a 1000!

  21. Dave Rankine says:

    Thanks Madonna and Kathy Griffin. You’ve really elevated the conversation with your hate speech.

  22. Was the shooter a Hillary voter?
    Was the shooter a follower of Barack Obama’s activist training OFA?
    Was the shooter on Facebook or Twitter? If so freeze the accounts so we can see his line of thinking.
    Did the shooter like the Central park play where black actors kill a “Donald Trump” look-alike?
    Did the shooter like the Kathy Griffin severed head of the president? Did he praise this or post it on his twitter or facebook?
    Was the shooter a tv junkie? Which cable channels did he follow and how many hours a day?

  23. The left wing culture of hate is bearing the fruit they desired. CNN/NYT/MSNBC and others have all been trying their best to incite violence against Trump and his allies. It looks like they finally got their wish. The most twisted part about it is that behind closed doors they are delighted by this.

  24. blorjr says:

    There seems to be some questions on how long it took for local police to show up . As a very liberal area of the country these questions must be asked.

  25. Stu Pedasso says:

    When seconds count, the cops are only minutes away. Don’t leave home without it.

  26. Thank you, Kathy Griffin, NYT, Shakespeare in the Park, CNN, and all of the media who are creating the atmosphere we are seeing everyday.

    What a sick, sad society we have become.

    Leftists have no morals or ethics. Obama and his liberal cronies hate the Constitution and free market capitalism. He destroyed our economy with measures like the ACA and immigration amnesty. The “Affordable” Care Act has been nothing short of a disaster. My health insurance bill is up to $450/month. (Compare this to my $25/month auto insurance from Insurance Panda or my $10/month renters insurance… both private enterprise!)

    The cultural Marxists have really done a number on Western youth, haven’t they? What a bunch of sick people.

  27. pageoturner says:

    Democrats spreading hate.

  28. As Obama spoke with a smile on his face “There is not a smidgen of proof this has anything to do with what we Democrats have been saying”. Then CNN reported that the gun man was not influenced by any of their commentators who have recently been fired for speaking graphically about the President.

  29. Craig Book says:

    Another Democrat on a shooting spree. Thank God it’s never a conservative. Can you imagine the carnage if it were someone competent with a firearm? But that is unlikely, as conservatives have always been more accepting of other peoples political views, despite what a screaming liberal will tell you.

  30. The cynic in me wonders how loud the Dems’ cries for gun control will be since the gunman seemed to be specifically targeting Republicans.

  31. Fred Doe says:

    So was it a leftist Antifa, a Soros employee? The corrupt left, Schumer, Pelosi, hell the entire democrat party is intentionally inciting their weak minded base to violence on campuses and the streets because they lost the election and refuse to accept the results! They are trying as we speak to nullify the nations last election and remove our constitutionally elected president with 100% phony charges, fraudulent “investigations” with ZERO proof that any crime even occurred! Progressives/democrats are the domestic ISIS and they will not enjoy the results of their efforts if they continue.

  32. Fred Doe says:

    This democrat was breaking every gun control law in DC. So what good did they do except to prevent innocent, competent, law abiding people from having weapons to protect themselves and their families?

  33. They’ll blame this on @POTUS by lunchtime, EST. They just need to talk it over with @kathygriffin ‏and @maddow.

  34. Bob Suyak says:

    Way to go sissy dem “leaders” really have you loony base “inspired” just because you incompetent candidate, queen Hillary didn’t win. What f..king a..holes dems have become.

  35. voodoodaddy1 says:

    Thanks Democrats! This is on you!

    Keep it up……see what happens you useless idiots.

  36. voodoodaddy1 says:

    Trump needs to Fire Special Prosecutor for Russia given Comey TESTIFIED there were no Russian links, and hire one to investigate Comey, Lynch, Hillary, Bill, Obama and Holder plus Brennan and Jarret. He can add CNN and the NYT as well for Treason.

  37. Democrat leftists will decry “art…just art”.

  38. Will the MSM report that the hateful and deceitful rhetoric from the Dems about the Republicans played a HUGE roll in this shooting? Of course not. The MSM will say NOTHING about motive, nor will they replay outright FALSE statements from the Democrats about how the Republicans plan(s) will “Kill people,” or “Kill the planet,” ETC.

    I’d wager substantial money that the MSM has dusted off Brian Ross and has sent him out to find evidence the shooter was a Republican and will ask every Republican in front of their camera if they “now believe in tougher gun laws.”

  39. Jeff Jones says:

    Just be glad no citizens were armed and could protect themselves, allowing the gunman to continue shooting for 10 minutes. That would have been a Constitutional crisis.

  40. Do democrat now want a shooting war?

  41. Gunman: “Kill as many republicans as possible!”. What a shock!!! Another democRat gunning down people. When will we ban democRat gun ownership? Why would they disagree? Their beloved government will protect them, people don’t need guns. Are they hypocrites?

  42. I wonder which “Tea Party” group ABC NEWS will tie him to.

  43. Michael Rice says:

    It’s time to stop the hateful venomous Democrat rhetoric now responsible for multiple shootings in D.C.

  44. CNN Reports gunman really hated baseball and the fact that it was a ball field full of Republicans is merely a coincidence.

  45. Good guys with guns stop bad guy with gun. Funny, it always works that way when a massacre is avoided.

  46. tadchem says:

    Once again we see that the fastest way to stop a bad guy with a gun is to have a good guy with a gun on the scene.

  47. The poison of “liberalism” has spread its contagion in every corner of this country. Democrats should be called “anarchists.”

  48. The real question is, how will NBC/CBS/CNN spin this? Stay tuned…

  49. I find it odd that only the congressman is being reported on. So the other people who were injured don’t matter? Sick.

    1. Good point. A congressional aide was shot in the chest. I wonder how she is doing?

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