A visit to Eugene Simpson baseball field in Alexandria VA, where tragedy happened recently

Today I did make a quick visit to Eugene Simpson field in the Del Ray section of Alexandria, VA, slightly north of downtown Alexandria, to the west of US-1 (just north of some of South Arlington and Four Mile Run).  The YMCA is across a small parking lot. Much of the area has new upscale apartments.

The ballfield is the site of the shooting by left-wing terrorist Thomas Hodgkinson, of Belleville IL, of several Republican Congressmen (and their aides) practicing for a charity baseball game the next night at Nationals Park. Apparently he was perched behind the 3rd base dugout. Only the actions of two Capitol Police officers, both wounded, assigned to protect Scalise, prevented a massacre.

There are four schools just south of Alexandria and I-495/95 where I worked as a substitute teacher in the 2004-2007 period.  One of them, West Potomac, which I have mentioned in other postings, is probably about 8 miles from this site.

Later I visited Leesylvania State Park on the Potomac River below Woodbridge, and then the Potomac Nationals minor league (Carolina League) baseball park near the Prince William County government center.

(Posted: Monday, June 19, 2017 at 10:30 PM EDT)

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