Senator Jeff Flake on Shooting: Applied Pressure on Scalise for 10 of 15 Minutes Before Police Arrived
Senator Jeff Flake was participating in the early morning baseball practice where a gunmen took aim at congressmen, and gave vivid account of what he witnessed first hand.
Watch the video above courtesy of CNN, but a rough transcript of the specifics is pasted below:
Well, we were doing batting practice and there were a number of members and staff fielding. Steve Scalise was on second base fielding balls and all of a sudden we heard a very loud shot. Everybody thought that sounds like a gun and the gunman was over by the third base dug out with a clear view of the field and everybody on it. And then all of a sudden a couple more shots, and we knew what it was and I just remember seeing some gravel, you know, bounce up as shots were coming near us. And so we climbed into the dug out. And tried to get our own people engaged. Some people were calling 911. It was at least ten minutes because we were applying pressure to one of the staffers that was shot in the leg and we got a belt out, put that on. And you could see Steve Scalise out in the field. He dragged himself from second base into the field to be a little farther away from the gunman. He was laying motionless out there. So I wanted to get to him but there were still shots going overhead from both sides and, so, finally when we heard the shooter was down, I just ran low out to Steve and started putting pressure on it. And then we for about 10 or 15 minutes did that until the police arrived.
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