'Dad's OK': IL Lawmaker Describes Phone Call to Family After Scalise Shooting
Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) got emotional while recounting the shooting at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Va., this morning.
Davis said he was at the plate when he heard a loud bang, and then people yelling, "Run! He's got a gun!"
He ran away from the shooter, who was near the third base dugout, and took shelter in the first base dugout.
Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), a congressional aide and two Capitol Hill police officers were injured in the shooting. The suspect was shot and apprehended.
Davis said that the officers are true heroes for returning fire and preventing a massacre.
He said our political rhetoric has grown so intense and hateful that now it has led to gunfire.
"This has got to stop, and it's got to stop today," Davis said. "This is a result, I believe, of political rhetorical terrorism. That has to stop."
"We have to have unity in this country. We are the United States of America. We are great," Davis said. "We have to bind together as Americans, not as Republicans and Democrats."
Bill Hemmer asked Davis is he's had the opportunity to speak to his family.
He said he called his wife and children immediately when he was able to get hold of a phone.
"I told them, 'I love you. And dad's OK.'"
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