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‘I’m just lying on the ground holding on to my dogs making sure they don’t get away.’
Warning: This article contains video depicting gun violence. Viewer discretion is advised.
An eyewitness video obtained by PBS News Hour shows the minutes of panic that ensued when a gunman opened fire on a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday morning.
The shooting left five people injured, including two Capitol Police officers, who traded gunfire with the shooter, and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), who suffered critical injuries.
The unfiltered, nearly six-minute video was shot by Noah Nathan, who told NBC News that he was at the nearby dog park with his two Goldendoodles, Cocoa and Jazz, when the gunman opened fire. The video, which was first posted to Facebook, shows Nathan drop to the ground as gunfire can be clearly heard nearby. Nathan attempts to communicate with others in the area to find out more information.
“I’m just lying on the ground holding on to my dogs making sure they don’t get away,” Nathan told NBC News. “I’m sort of thinking, ‘I hope I don’t get shot.’”
The video below contains strong language, gunshots, and images of injured victims.
Police identified the shooter as 66-year-old James Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois. The man’s Facebook profile showed that he was politically active and a supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), whose 2016 presidential campaign Hodgkinson volunteered for. The man also frequently posted negative comments about President Donald Trump.
The Daily Beast reports that he had a history of domestic violence.
Hodgkinson reportedly fired between 50 and 100 rounds before he was stopped. Trump announced during a press conference on Wednesday morning that he died from his injuries.
Andrew Couts is the former editor of Layer 8, a section dedicated to the intersection of the Internet and the state—and the gaps in between. Prior to the Daily Dot, Couts served as features editor and features writer for Digital Trends, associate editor of TheWeek.com, and associate editor at Maxim magazine. When he’s not working, Couts can be found hiking with his German shepherds or blasting around on motorcycles.