During shootout, a man walking his dog kept his camera going

If it wasn’t for Noah Nathan, we wouldn’t have this video of this morning’s shooting at the Republican softball practice.

He was walking his dogs when the attack started.

“I’m just lying on the ground holding on to my dogs making sure they don’t get away,” he said. “I’m sort of thinking, ‘I hope I don’t get shot.'”

But he kept “filming” the scene.

(The usual warnings apply)

  • Gary F

    How did this guy only hit a few people with that many shots fired and taking so long between shots? No one else in the neighborhood was hit? Why didn’t the security people on site take him out quicker? Were the only two security people the only ones and they got hit? This event took much longer than I would have thought.

    • That’s what I was thinking as well.

      Those at the practice are lucky he didn’t just start coming after them, he could have easily mowed them down.

      • Gary F

        Five minutes, that’s a long time. He had time to aim, time to reload. I presume many were standing around in a group, very easy targets. And we don’t know how many shots were his and how many were the security people. Was he hunkered in somewhere? We don’t know if he was under the influence of something.

        Unbelievable so few people were hurt.

        • Robert Moffitt

          Better response: I’m grateful so few people were hurt. Whatever circumstances kept so many rounds from finding another innocent victim, I’m grateful for them. Some answers will come in time. Other answers, we may never know…

        • ec99

          The louder reports were from his rifle, the others from his and the police’s handguns.

          • Yep, it was pretty much plain-as-day as to which reports were from the rifle and which were from handguns.

      • Rob

        Not sure I’d call the video footage “dramatic.”

        Maybe the shooter was keeping his distance because he was worried that more of the congresspeople might be strapped. 😉

        • // Not sure I’d call the video footage “dramatic.”

          Then it’s a good thing you didn’t.

    • Ben Chorn

      Here in Chicago I had someone shot outside my apartment over a year ago (when I lived in the city). Happened in a park on a Saturday afternoon and I counted 8 shots. Not sure how many of them hit the victim, but they lived. Many people own a gun but have never had any proper training, let alone target practice.

      • Gary F

        Did he have an Illinois Firearms Control Card?
        Did he have a valid carry permit in Illinois?
        Does Virginia honor an Illinois permit to carry.

        I presume more info will come out.

        • Ben Chorn

          Illinois is honored in Virginia.

          You’re referring to the FOID card- Firearm Owner ID Card, which has no requirements and is only needed to own a firearm in IL, buy ammo, etc.

          The gun laws in Illinois don’t do much when people just buy their guns elsewhere: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2013/01/29/us/where-50000-guns-in-chicago-came-from.html?_r=0

          • Gary F

            That’s right.Gun laws only work for the people who want to obey them.

          • Ben Chorn

            If Chicago/Illinois have strict laws on buying guns I’ll just go to another state and buy one. Nothing illegal about that.

            Same thing goes for graffiti in the city. Can’t buy spray paint in Chicago (city) but that doesn’t stop people from going into the burbs to buy it.

          • MikeB

            That’s for all laws, isn’t it?

          • Gary F

            Yup. And whether laws are enforced and sentencing actually happens.

    • RBHolb

      “Why didn’t the security people on site take him out quicker?” Perhaps they thought aggravating a shooting incident in a residential neighborhood was a bad thing.

  • AmiSchwab

    i suppose it wouldn’t make sense to mention the control of firearms would it.