— Leigh Ann Caldwell (@LACaldwellDC) June 14, 2017
Hours after the shooting at a Virginia baseball field where Republican lawmakers were practicing, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy provided some details about the incident. And he also got a bit emotional while talking about one of the victims, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.
After explaining that the House will be taking the rest of the day off and praising Capitol Hill police for their actions in taking down the shooter while also trying to protect those on the field, McCarthy was then asked how he felt emotionally.
“Well, you know, my prayers go out — I’ve known Steve way back, we’re Republicans together, long before we ever served together,” McCarthy said, his voice trailing off as he fought back tears.
And with that, he walked away.
Scalise, who was shot in the hip, was taken to an area hospital and is currently recovering from surgery. Four others who were shot at the scene are also all expected to survive.
The shooter, 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson, was pronounced dead at a hospital following a shootout with police. Hodgkinson appeared to be a fervent Bernie Sanders supporter who volunteered for the senator’s presidential campaign. His social media accounts were also full of anti-Trump and anti-GOP rhetoric, and witnesses at the scene claim Hodgkinson asked them if the players on the field were Democrats or Republicans. Hodgkinson also had a history of violence, including beating his wife.
Watch the clip above, via NBC News reporter Leigh Caldwell.
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