Video recorded by a Virginia woman Tryshah Taylor, who began filming at her home with her camera phone after she heard the first rounds go off, captured audio of Wednesday's shooting at a Republican congressional baseball practice and the subsequent firefight between the shooter and Capitol Police.
The shooting, which occurred on a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, wounded House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and four others as he and his GOP colleagues were practicing for Thursday's annual congressional baseball game. According to The Hill, Taylor lives just a block away from the field.
In the video obtained by The Hill, the shots can be heard very clearly as Taylor records video from her back porch. The video captured the sound of gunshots as they went off — slowly at first, but with increased frequency moments later. Soon, overlapping gunshots can be heard as police presumably located the shooter and began to return fire.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who was present at the field, described the shooting to MSNBC's "Morning Joe," saying that those present at the field were lucky Capitol Police were already there due to Scalise's status as majority whip. Without their interference, Paul said, "it would have been a massacre.”
The alleged shooter was identified as James T. Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Illinois. Hodgkinson was reportedly a climate activist, and carried a hatred of President Donald Trump. Police shot the suspect, who later died at a D.C. hospital.