Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.) joined “The Glenn Beck Radio Program” on Thursday to talk about his harrowing experience at the Alexandria field where a shooter fired on GOP members of Congress practicing Wednesday ahead of the annual congressional baseball game.
The attack was allegedly carried out by 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson; the shooting suspect died from wounds sustained at the scene when he was brought down by Capitol Police. Hodgkinson managed to hit five people, including Rep. Steve Scalise. Because Scalise is the House Majority Whip, a security detail was at the field and able to take down the shooter.
Glenn Beck pointed out that the relatively low number of people hit was remarkable considering how many rounds the shooter fired.
“This guy was not just rapid-firing,” Loudermilk remembered. “He was choosing his targets.”
Loudermilk described the moment of praying over Matt Mika, a D.C. lobbyist who had volunteered to help the congressional team get ready for the game. Mika was shot multiple times in the chest and was in critical condition after the attack; he is currently in stable condition and recovering.
“I could not believe he was still alive at that point as bad as that bullet hole was in his chest,” Loudermilk said. “And I laid my hand on his head, and I prayed for him.”