Michigan Republican who survived baseball field shooting ‘convinced’ gunman was ‘hunting us’
A Michigan Republican who witnessed a mass shooting that wounded GOP whip Steve Scalise felt like he and fellow lawmakers were being hunted.
Rep. Mike Bishop (R-MI) was practicing Wednesday morning with other GOP representatives for a charity baseball game against Democratic lawmakers when a gunman opened fire, wounding Scalise and four others, reported MLive.
“You could hear the ping, ping, ping coming off the backstop,” Bishop told Detroit’s WJR-AM. “It was rather unnerving, to say the least.”
Bishop believes the shooter had developed a plan to open fire on lawmakers at the baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia.
“I’m convinced he was hunting us because he was perfectly placed to take shots,” Bishop said. “He came out the one exit that was there.”
Bishop declined to speculate on a possible political motivation, but he said the attack seemed calculated.
“The person who was shooting looked awfully calm and awfully prepared,” Bishop told the radio station. “The world has changed for me, I don’t know what to expect.”