Kentucky Senator Rand Paul a Witness to Shooting of Congressman

Originally published on June 14, 2017 11:55 am

U.S Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky was at the Virginia ball field Wednesday morning when a shooter opened fire on a group of lawmakers. 

Speaking to ABC News, Paul said he was in a batting cage in right field when the first shots rang out.  Paul says he saw Congressman Steve Scalise go down, and that’s when he took cover behind a tree. 

Senator Paul estimated at least 50 shots were fired in quick succession.  When the gunfire began hitting the dirt around him, he says he decide to make a run for it, and climbed over some fences to get out of the area.

Paul says he believes the shooting would have been much worse had a security detail not been there.  The lawmakers were at the field in Alexandria practicing for a charity baseball game.

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