Scalise’s brush with death

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When shots rang out at a con­gres­sional base­ball prac­tice ses­sion in June, Louisiana con­gress­man Steve Scalise ini­tially as­sumed a lawn mower had back­fired, said Tim Al­berta in Politico. “Then boom—I’m hit,’’ says Scalise, 51. James T. Hodgkin­son, 66, a fa­nat­i­cal Bernie San­ders sup­porter, had opened fire on Repub­li­can law­mak­ers with a semi-au­to­matic ri­fle as they pre­pared for their an­nual char­ity game in Vir­ginia. “I felt it...and I just went to the ground.” Shot in the hip, Scalise man­aged to crawl into right field be­fore col­laps­ing. “Your body starts go­ing numb. The pain I should have been feel­ing was not there, be­cause you know, your body is just pro­tect­ing you from that pain. And so I just started pray­ing.” Ly­ing on the ground, Scalise started hear­ing a dif­fer­ent kind of weapon fir­ing. “So I knew my se­cu­rity de­tail was en­gaged. You could tell it was just a bru­tal fight.” Hodgkin­son was shot dead in a fire­fight with two Capi­tol Po­lice of­fi­cers. Scalise was then placed in a he­li­copter, where he passed out from loss of blood. “They said I was within a minute of death.” The con­gress­man, who re­cently re­turned to Capi­tol Hill, cred­its his se­cu­rity de­tail with sav­ing his life. “And a lit­tle di­vine in­ter­ven­tion from God.”

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