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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Scalise in 'stable condition' after shooting at baseball field

Posted By on Wed, Jun 14, 2017 at 9:18 AM

click to enlarge U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise. - CHERYL GERBER
  • U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise.

A gunman fired into a Congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia outside Washington D.C. early June 14, hitting U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Metairie, and several Congressional staffers, according to the Associated Press. House Majority Whip Scalise was shot in the hip and is in stable condition, according to a statement from his office.

"Prior to entering surgery, the Whip was in good spirits and spoke to his wife by phone. He is grateful for the brave actions of U.S. Capitol Police, first responders, and colleagues," the statement said. "We ask that you keep the Whip and others harmed in this incident in your thoughts and prayers ... This office will release additional information regarding the Whip's condition as appropriate."

On Twitter
, President Donald Trump wrote, "Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, a true friend and patriot, was badly injured but will fully recover. Our thoughts and prayers are with him."

U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-New Orleans, wrote that he is "saddened by the horrific news from GOP baseball practice. My prayers are with my colleague (Steve Scalise), the Capitol police officers, & staff"

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards called the shooting "an outrageous, cowardly attack on one of our own."

"Steve Scalise is a friend, colleague and fighter for the people of Louisiana," Edwards said in a statement. "While details continue to unfold, I want to thank the Capitol Police, all the first responders and other members of Congress for their quick and heroic efforts. Reports indicate they took swift action to take down this madman and render aid. Donna and I are praying for Congressman Scalise, his wife Jennifer, their two children, Madison and Harrison, and all those who were injured. I would ask the people of Louisiana to join their prayers to mine for a quick recovery for Congressman Scalise."

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu — scheduled to deliver his annual, and likely final, State of the City address this morning — has announced he postponed the speech to deliver remarks on the shooting.

No votes are expected in the U.S. House today.

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