House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana was shot Wednesday morning at a congressional baseball practice, along with several other lawmakers and congressional staff.
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The shooting happened Wednesday morning at or near a YMCA field where Republican Capitol Hill lawmakers were having baseball practice, according to reports.
Scalise, who is from New Orleans, was shot in the hip. According to a statement released by his office, he is in stable condition at MedStar Washington Hospital.
Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., said several other people also were hit, including two law enforcement officers. He added the shooter was "taken down." CBS News has confirmed the shooter is identified as James T. Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Illinois. While President Donald Trump did not mention the gunman by name, he said that the shooter had died from his injuries.
Gov. John Bel Edwards joined members of the Louisiana Legislature and the public in a prayer for Congressman Scalise in the Louisiana State Capitol Rotunda late Wednesday morning. The governor also spoke during the gathering.
"Even last week, we were not able to come to an agreement about the budget but today we stopped and we came together and we united as a body," said Rep. Barbara Norton, (D) Shreveport.
Congressman Mike Johnson took to Facebook to request prayers for Scalise, who is from New Orleans.
All members of the Johnson staff are safe and accounted for.
He also released this statement:
"We are shocked and saddened by the shooting this morning. We are still waiting for additional details, but my dear friend and colleague, Congressman Steve Scalise, members of his U.S. Capitol Police detail, and perhaps other staff members were among those harmed. Our family and staff join countless other Americans this morning in praying for the victims and their precious families. Steve is one of the finest men and most dedicated public servants I have ever known, and I expect his faith and strength of character will carry him through this ordeal.
"We live in a dangerous world, at a time when evil runs rampant and leaders are targeted. We must be vigilant at all times, but we can never operate in a spirit of fear. We will not be deterred."
Senator John Kennedy tweeted his thoughts about the incident.
This is unspeakable. I am praying for my friend and colleague @SteveScalise and his family.— John Kennedy (@SenJohnKennedy) June 14, 2017
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards called the attack outrageous and cowardly.
This appears to be an outrageous, cowardly attack on one of our own. Donna & I are praying for @SteveScalise, his family & all injured.— Gov John Bel Edwards (@LouisianaGov) June 14, 2017
And later Edwards shared this:
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott also tweeted support following the incident.
Our thoughts & prayers are with all those affected by the tragic shooting in Alexandria, VA.— Gov. Greg Abbott (@GovAbbott) June 14, 2017
President Donald Trump tweeted that Scalise is expected to recover from his injuries.
"Oh, sad. Heartbroken, strikes fear in all of us. It could happen to anybody," said Rep. Larry Bagley, (R) Stonewall.
Bagley told KSLA it's hard for him to picture Scalise in critical condition after every meeting he's had with the House Majority Whip.
"He's a great guy, very, very energetic guy," he said. "Always up and moving around, talking to people, got a big smile. He's just the kind of guy that you'd like to be around."
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-LA, was among those shot, according to Congressman Mo Brooks, R-AL. Brooks said they were practicing for an upcoming charity baseball game with Democratic lawmakers, when "50 to 100 shots were fired."
Alexandria police said on Twitter that a suspect was believed to be in custody and victims were being transported to hospitals.
"Seems more and more people that want to hurt people for no, really no reason and it's not just politicians. It's everybody," Bagley said.
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