A gunman opened fire Wednesday on a group of Congressional Republicans who found themselves dodging a barrage of bullets from the shooter's rifle that injured five, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, at what was supposed to be a morning baseball practice.
The Alexandria police said the shooting was reported at 7:09 a.m. and they were at the park within three minutes.
Moments after police had secured the scene, lawmakers were talking on major news networks about the horror of what they had just experienced.
"I see a rifle, then I see a little bit of a body and then I hear another 'blam' and then I realized that there's an active shooter," U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Alabama, told CNN Wednesday morning. "At the same time, I hear Steve Scalise over near second base scream. He was shot."
At the beginning of his interview, he apologized.
"Forgive my voice for cracking, but the adrenaline and the emotion is still running high," Brooks said.
He later added, "The gunfire just seemed to never stop."
U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., was at the Congressional baseball practice but left before the shooter later identified by authorities as 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson, of Illinois, opened fire.
"I am safe," Duncan began in his Facebook post. "I believe I saw the shooter and am in the process of giving a statement to the police. Please pray for my colleagues, I am unsure of their condition."
As news of the shooting in Alexandria, Virginia spread, an outpouring of support followed as members of Congress shared their condolences, support and disbelief on social media.
The South Carolina delegation was no exception.
All of the South Carolina lawmakers who took to Twitter in the shooting's aftermath asked for prayers for those affected, while also thanking law enforcement.
Here is how South Carolina lawmakers responded to the shooting on social media in their own words.
U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham
Thoughts and prayers with @SteveScalise and my many friends and colleagues who were in Alexandria this morning. (1)— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) June 14, 2017
Also, a hearty thank you to the US Capitol Police for the job they do in protecting Members, staff and visitors each and every day. (2)— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) June 14, 2017
U.S. Sen. Tim Scott
Praying for @SteveScalise and others injured...so thankful for Capitol Police officers who likely prevented more injuries this morning.— Tim Scott (@SenatorTimScott) June 14, 2017
U.S. Rep. James Clyburn
U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy
U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford
U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson
This was not the first time members of the South Carolina delegation found themselves responding to tragedy and gun violence.
According to the Gun Violence Archive, which tracks shootings in the United States, Wednesday's attack is the 154th mass shooting this year.
The shooting Wednesday occurred the week of the one-year anniversary of the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando, Fla., and three days short of the two-year anniversary of the Mother Emanuel AME Church shooting in Charleston.