Illinois Lawmakers React to Shooting at Congressional Baseball Practice

Jun 14, 2017

Members of Illinois’ Congressional delegation are calling for unity in the wake of the shooting that left Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., and five others wounded.

Congressman Rodney Davis, R-Ill., spoke to reporters shortly after the incident, still wearing his baseball t-shirt with blood on his elbow and hand.

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Davis said he never thought he'd go to a baseball practice and "have to dodge bullets."

“I was up to bat and heard a loud noise, which I thought was a construction site, and the next thing I heard was ‘run he’s got a gun!,’” Davis said.

Davis was not hurt during the shooting.

17th District Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., called the incident “horrifying.”

“The Congressional Men’s Baseball Game – and the Congressional Women’s Softball Game – are two of the few truly bipartisan events left on Capitol Hill, and we will not be deterred by this senseless act of violence,” Rep. Bustos said.  

Senator Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., and Congressman Darin LaHood, R-Ill., also issued statements praising the first responders.

"As members of both parties come together this morning in solidarity against this senseless act, my thoughts and prayers continue to go out to the families of all those affected,”  18th District Rep. Darin LaHood, R-Ill., said. 

The gunman James T Hodgkinson, of Belleville, Ill., was fatally shot by police.