Rep. at GOP baseball shooting 'Shaken but OK'; NC leaders react

Rep. Steve Scalise was shot in Alexandria, VA during practice for the congressional baseball game

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. 

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.

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. 

 

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