While there currently is a great political divide in this country and on Capitol Hill, when a tragedy hits close to home people come together. That is just what Washington D.C. did today.
This morning (June 14, 2017) a gunman opened fire on a group of Republican lawmakers practicing for a congressional baseball game at around 7 a.m. Wednesday in Alexandria, Virginia, hitting House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and a staffer for Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas).
Scalise was shot in the hip, his office said in a statement. He has undergone surgery at the nearby Medstar Washington Hospital Center and is in stable condition. Scalise was “in good spirits and spoke to his wife by phone” ahead of the surgery, his office said.
Zachary Barth, a staffer for Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas), was also hit, Williams said.
Two U.S. Capitol Police officers were also injured, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said. They are in stable condition, according to Chief Matthew R. Verderosa.
Here are some of the statements delivered today by some of the top politicians:
— TIME (@TIME) June 14, 2017
I am sickened by this despicable act. Let me be as clear as I can be. Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society. pic.twitter.com/ib2reH3ghQ
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) June 14, 2017
For all the noise and fury, we are a family. An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us. pic.twitter.com/ZbkXuwlbGk
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) June 14, 2017
— ABC News (@ABC) June 14, 2017
— POLITICO (@politico) June 14, 2017
Plus, some tweets:
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) June 14, 2017
I was present at this mornings GOP baseball practice, but am alright. Prayers for Congressman Scalise & aides that were involved.
— Steve Pearce (@RepStevePearce) June 14, 2017
— Rep. Ruben J. Kihuen (@RepKihuen) June 14, 2017
"Many lives would have been lost if not for the heroic actions of the two Capitol Police officers who took down the gunman." –@POTUS
— Vice President Pence (@VP) June 14, 2017
Thank you to the Capitol Police & @AlexandriaVAPD for your heroism, as well as everyone helping those recover from this horrific attack
— Senator Tim Kaine (@timkaine) June 14, 2017
Deeply concerned about the attack on my colleagues today. Praying for Rep @SteveScalise, officers, and staffers who were wounded.
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) June 14, 2017
The #congressionalbaseballgame is on. We will play for charity, but also for the victims & the heroic officers who took down the shooter.
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) June 14, 2017
My statement on the shooting this AM in Alexandria. pic.twitter.com/jrZxdqTchD
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) June 14, 2017
Horrified by what happened in Alexandria this morning. My heart goes out to Steve Scalise, staffers, the US Capitol Police & their families.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) June 14, 2017
My thoughts are with @SteveScalise, all those injured, and the brave Capitol Police who protect us every day.
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) June 14, 2017