Mass. congressional delegation offers support following Alexandria shooting

House members say Thursday's Congressional Baseball Game will go on

David Tanklefsky
June 14, 2017 - 12:58 pm
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Members of Massachusetts' congressional delegation are offering words of support and strength to Rep. Steve Scalise and the others injured in this morning's shooting at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia. 

Scalise, two Capitol Police officers and a congressional aide were shot early this morning as members of the Republican baseball team practiced for tomorrow night's annual Congressional Baseball Game. In comments late Wednesday morning at the White House, President Trump said the gunman had been shot and killed by Capitol Police officers. The suspect has been identified as 66-year-old James Hodgkinson, of Belleville, Illinois.

"To Steve Scalise, other other shooting victims and their families: I am praying for you," wrote Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey this morning on Twitter. "You have the strength of our nation with you right now." Senator Elizabeth Warren also offered her thoughts to Scalise and Capitol Police who protect Congress every day. 

Representatives Katherine Clark, Joe Kennedy III and Seth Moulton also sent along their thoughts and prayers through messages on social media.

The incident brought House leaders from both sides of the aisle together to condemn the shooter and praise the harrowing work of the Capitol Police. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan spoke on the House floor about unity.

"We are all giving our thoughts to those currently being treated for their injuries at this moment and we are united," Ryan said. "We are united in our shock. We are united in our anguish. An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us."

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi praised Ryan's comments and said despite often stringent disagreements between parties, both sides are ultimately one. "For all the noise and all the fury, we are one family," Pelosi said. "These were our brothers and sisters in the line of fire."

House members confirmed to the media that Thursday's game would go on as scheduled.

"Knowing Steve Scalise as we all do, he's probably really frustrated that he's not going to be able to play in the baseball game," Ryan said.