GOP Rep: 'Best Father's Day I've ever had' after surviving baseball shooting

Rep. Rodney DavisRodney Lee DavisMembers spar over sexual harassment training deadline The Hill's Morning Report - Trump seeks tougher rules on asylum seekers House passes Paycheck Fairness Act MORE (R-Ill.) said that Sunday marked the best Father's Day of his life, after he survived the Wednesday congressional baseball shooting that sent House Majority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph Scalise20 years after Columbine, Dems bullish on gun reform GOP to launch discharge petition on anti-BDS measure This week: Democrats revive net neutrality fight MORE (R-La.) to the hospital in critical condition.

"I can tell you this is the best Father's Day I've ever had, to be able to come back home and see the outpouring of care and support from the people that know me best, including my family," he said on Fox News Sunday. "It's been a really humbling event and very memorable for me and my family."

Davis was one among a group of GOP members of Congress practicing for a charity baseball game at a park in Alexandria, Va. Wednesday when a gunman opened fire, shooting four people and sending lawmakers scrambling for cover.


The gunman was identified as James Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Ill. He was shot by police officers at the scene and later died of his injuries.

The attack shook members of Congress and spurred calls for bipartisanship in response to what many have called a deepening political divide in the U.S.

Davis said on Sunday that the attack had rattled him and that it would likely affect the way he lives his life.

"There are times when I'm probably a little more agitated," he said. "There are things I will do differently in my life and in my workplace to ensure that we probably put security more as a priority than we have in the past."

The congressman also revealed a piece of shrapnel from Wednesday's shooting that he said he had found in his baseball bag after. That shrapnel, he said, is a reminder “that we have to take a step back in this country.”

“This is the reminder that all of us have, that we have to take a step back in this country,” Davis said. “We have to tone down this rhetoric, and we have got to come together as a nation, as Americans and say enough is enough.”