Senator Rand Paul Escapes Baseball Field Shooting

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Rand Paul escaped unharmed when gunfire broke out at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia.   

The Kentucky Republican was in the outfield when he heard the first shots and then saw House Majority Whip Steve Scalise get hit.

Paul says "50 or 60 shots were fired" and "people were dropping."   He says he saw bullets hitting the dirt around him as two Capitol Police officers began returning fire.

Paul was the only member of Kentucky's congressional delegation at the baseball field during the shooting.

Democratic Representative John Yarmuth, of Louisville, was on his way to Capitol Hill when the incident happened.   

Republican Representative Brett Guthrie was at the White House helping constituents with a tour.   Guthrie tweeted that he is "deeply horrified by what happened."

Republican Representative James Comer is not on the congressional baseball team and was not at the ball field.

The office of Republican Representative Andy Barr says he was at a breakfast and not at the baseball field.

Republican Representative Trey Hollingsworth, of southern Indiana, was giving a constituents tour and was not at the field.

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