Site of shooting attack ready for baseball & the Alexandria community again
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — There were hot dogs and handshakes aplenty as a crowd of more than 200 welcomed little league baseball back to Eugene Simpson Stadium, the site of a mass shooting last week in the Del Ray neighborhood.
Before a regularly scheduled game between ‘juniors’ from Alexandria and Fort Hunt, emergency workers were honored for the jobs they did the morning James Hodgkinson went on a rampage and shot 5 people before being shot by police and ultimately dying at the hospital.
Tuesday’s ceremony also included some words from the Republican Congressional baseball team’s coach, Representative Joe Barton (R) Texas.
He told the crowd how the attack began and how it unfolded in the minutes it took police to respond to the park.
The Alexandria mayor, Allison Silberberg, told the crowd it’s time to play ball again and move past this horrible chapter in the city’s history.
The shooting has resulted in no deaths as of yet but two people– House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R) Louisiana and Matt Mika, a team volunteer– were both critically wounded in the attack. Conditions for both have now improved.