Rep. Palmer: 'It's Really Sad That Things Have Come to This Point'
Rep. Gary Palmer (R-AL) joined Bill Hemmer this morning to recount the shooting at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Va., this morning, which left Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) and several others injured.
Palmer said he was at shortstop when the shooting started near the third base dugout. Scalise was at second base and was struck in the hip.
He said that most of the members of Congress and their aides took shelter in the first base dugout.
After ten minutes or so, Capitol Hill police, who were there as Scalise's security detail, were able to take the shooter down.
Palmer said that's when Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH), who's a doctor, ran on the field and began tending to Scalise.
"If it were not for Scalise's security, the Capitol police, it would have been horrible," Palmer said. "I have no doubt that there would have been people killed."
He said that a male officer and a female officer, despite both being wounded in the leg, still returned fire and stopped the threat.
He agreed with Sen. Rand Paul's (R-KY) assessment that without those brave officers, it would have been a massacre.
"It's a different world," Palmer said. "It's really sad that things have come to this point. We've got to figure out a way to heal the country."
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