ALEXANDRIA, Va. (KTSM) - Congressman Steve Pearce, who represents Southern New Mexico, and Congressman Joe Barton, who represents East Texas, both were just feet away from Wednesday's tragic shooting at a GOP practice game for the upcoming congressional baseball game.
Pearce posted his firsthand account on social media. He says he arrived to the field just after 6 a.m., moments after his turn in the batting cage the first shots were fired.
Pearce took cover and says police quickly arrived and began returning fire.
"I had an officer shooting from right here [over his shoulder] at him and as he moved around the corner the police were able to take him down," Pearce said.
He says he could clearly see the shooter holding a rifle.
Congressman Joe Barton was at the practice with his two young sons. He says when the shooting started they quickly took cover, one of his sons hiding underneath a truck.
Barton says dozens, if not hundreds, of shots must have been fired and the shooting must have gone on for five to ten minutes. He believes if not for security and the police several people would not have left that field alive.
"Alexandria police immediately came and returned fire, shot the shooter and I believe the security details saved a lot of lives because they attacked the shooter," Barton said.
As we've reported the shooter James Hodgkinson was shot and killed by police. Five people were injured.