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East Texas congressman reacts to Wednesday's shooting

BY ROY MAYNARD, TYLER MORNING NEWS

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Washington, June 14, 2017 | comments

It’s the first year in many that Congressman Louie Gohmert wasn’t on the Alexandria baseball diamond, practicing for the charity game that Republicans and Democrats play annually.

But many of his friends were, and Gohmert says that Thursday night, he’ll be in the stands to support his colleagues and their staffers, and all who were affected by the Wednesday morning shooting of four people. The gunman, James T. Hodgkinson, of Bellevillle, Illinois, later died of his injuries.

“I’m usually out there,” said Gohmert. “But after the last few years, my wife convinced me I don’t need to be playing. After one game (several years ago), I needed rotator cuff surgery, and in another game, after a collision at home plate, I tore my ACL. We got the run, which is what counted, but it hurt.”

Gohmert called Wednesday’s shooting “tragic” and said it seemed to be politically motivated.

“When you look at what we know about this guy (Hodgkinson), it sure looks like he hates Republicans,” Gohmert said.

Rep. Joe Barton, whose district has included portions of East Texas, was at the scene. He manages the Republican team.

“The suspect was shooting at members and staff on the field,” Barton said. “Officers of the Capitol Police returned fire and ran toward the shooter, risking their lives while saving others. The incident lasted for approximately 10 minutes.”

Barton’s two sons were there, as well. Members of Congress tried to shield Barton’s 10-year-old behind a bench in the dugout. He said his sons “were very brave.”

Gohmert agreed, and also praised the Capitol police officers who stopped the gunman.

“They ran toward the gunfire. It was 10 minutes of hell out there on that field,” Gohmert said. “Our prayers are with the injured, and we’ll be there tomorrow night to show our support.”

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