FBI continues search for evidence following congressional baseball practice attack
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (ABC7) —
Rep. Steve Scalise endured a third surgery and remained in critical condition the day after a shootout and ambush attack at a Republican congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, Rep. Barbara Comstock tweeted Thursday afternoon.
By late Thursday, Capitol Police Officer Crystal Griner had been updated to good condition following the attack and Tysons Food lobbyist Matt Mika was upgraded to serious condition, according to officials. Another Capitol Police Officer, David Bailey, was shot in the ankle but was recovering at a hospital and House staffer Zach Barth was released from the hospital after he was shot in the leg.
On Thursday morning staffer Barth appeared on Good Morning America with his boss Texas Rep. Roger Williams and spoke for the first time after the shooting.
“I was in center field shagging fly balls when the shooting began. I ran to right field and just hit the deck and at that point the shooter trained his rifle on me and everything around me started to pop and I felt the bullet hit my leg. I decided it wasn’t a place I needed to be,” Barth said on GMA.
There were reportedly so many shots fired by the suspect, James Hodgkinson, that an FBI evidence team was still combing the grounds of the Alexandria ball field and surrounding park for evidence by Thursday morning.
A van was found more than 100 yards from Hodgkinson’s position and authorities say the 66-year-old had been living out of it. Inside the vehicle, a laptop, cellphone and camera were found. Investigators hoped the electronics would shed some light on Hodgkinson’s motive.