Cook: The night Rep. Fleischmann wore the Howard cap

Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., and the Howard baseball team.
photo Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., and the Howard baseball team.

photo David Cook

Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., can't forget the June 14 shooting.

His mind keeps playing and replaying the images: his congressional friends and colleagues shot, bleeding, sprinting for cover. The sound of the first bullet. The way the gunman, standing so close, could have targeted him instead of Rep. Steve Scalise and four others.

"I have recounted that event in my head many, many times," Fleischmann said.

Who wouldn't? It was like a drive-by. One moment, baseball; the next, bullets. All sorts of post-traumatic reactions are understandable - stress, anger, hyperanxiety, depression.

Yet,