PHONER | Senator Rand Paul escapes unharmed after shooting at VA - WDRB 41 Louisville News

PHONER | Senator Rand Paul escapes unharmed after shooting at VA ballfield

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LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) – Kentucky U.S. Senator Rand Paul was at Congressional baseball practice when shots rang out Wednesday morning and confirms he safe and unharmed.

Senator Paul told Fox News that he was in right field when bullets started hitting the dirt around him. “There were at least 50 or 60 shots.”

Paul says he never saw the shooter, but that he was near the dugout and other people said the shooter had a rifle. Senator Paul said two Capitol Police officers returned fire and credits them for saving many lives. “These guys are real heroes. I think without these guys a lot of people would have been killed.”

Paul said there seemed to be a danger to stay or run, but his group decided to run when Capitol Police started returning fire and the gunman appeared to be going from the dugout to home plate. Paul said they were not close enough to help the wounded and they did not have a gun to defend themselves.

Later Wednesday morning, Sen. Paul's office released a written statement:

"As you have likely heard a gunman with a rifle opened fire on Congressmen, Senators, staff and police this morning. I was there and am shaken but unharmed. Many people likely would have died this morning if not for the bravery of the Capitol Police. My thanks to them are inadequate but heartfelt. They never hesitated to put their lives on the line to save everyone. Please pray for those who were injured."

This is a developing story and we will be updated as more information becomes available.

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