CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Following reports of a gunman opening fire on a Republican congressional team baseball practice Wednesday that wounded at least one congressman, support began to pour in from officials across North Carolina.
Multiple congressmen at the scene in Alexandria, Va., said Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., was among those wounded. Police in Alexandria, Va., said a suspect was believed to be in custody.
NC House Speaker Tim Moore tweeted that he was praying for those who were "senselessly targeted" Wednesday.
We are praying for those who were senselessly targeted and shot in this morning's Congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, VA. https://t.co/QJIdZhEJIu— Speaker Tim Moore (@NCHouseSpeaker) June 14, 2017
NC Congressman Robert Pittenger released a statement following the shooting. Pittenger says he worked closely with Majority Whip Steve Scalise.
"Steve Scalise is a wonderful person, a close friend, and a great leader. Most mornings, I am in the gym with Steve. This is incredibly sad, but I am also grateful for the extraordinarily brave Capitol Police officers who put themselves in harm's way to prevent a massacre. Without their valor, today could have been much worse. Please join me in praying for quick healing for Steve, the police officers, and the Congressional aide who were injured. Today's news is very upsetting. We will continue our work in behalf of the American people."
Representatives Mark Meadows and Richard Hudson asked for prayers following the shooting. Senator Thom Tillis also said he was praying for Scalise and those injured.
It's my turn to host bible study this week in my office. I ask that you join us as we pray for @SteveScalise, USCP and all those affected.— Richard Hudson (@RepRichHudson) June 14, 2017
Appalled by the attack on my colleagues this morning. My thoughts are with @SteveScalise, congressional staff, and Capitol Police.— David E. Price (@RepDavidEPrice) June 14, 2017
Please join me in praying for those injured in the shooting at @thehillbaseball practice this morning.— Virginia Foxx (@virginiafoxx) June 14, 2017
My thoughts are with Rep. Scalise and others hurt. I hope for a speedy recovery and thorough investigation.— G. K. Butterfield (@GKButterfield) June 14, 2017
My thoughts & prayers are with my GOP colleagues, staff, & Capitol Police who were ambushed at baseball practice this morning.— Alma S. Adams (@RepAdams) June 14, 2017
Rep. Mark Walker was at the GOP practice, and on his official Facebook page, offered his account of what happened. Walker thanked the US Capitol Police for saving many lives from a shooter "who obviously planned to kill many Republican members of Congress."
Walker described himself as "shaken but OK."
President Trump tweeted that Scalise was "badly injured" but said he will fully recover.
Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, a true friend and patriot, was badly injured but will fully recover. Our thoughts and prayers are with him.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 14, 2017