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Congressmen offer prayers after colleague, officers injured in shooting

Congressmen offer prayers after colleague, officers injured in shooting

The House of Representatives postponed most scheduled business after a morning shooting at a baseball practice for Republicans lawmakers, which injured one GOP leader, several officers and at least one GOP staffer, as security was tightened around Capitol Hill and near the White House in response to the attack.

He and a staff member who'd joined Paul behind the tree decided to make a break for it and ran, scaling the fence that surrounded the field.

Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis was at the plate on a Virginia baseball field Wednesday morning when a rifle-wielding gunman approached the field and started firing. I saw my friend Steve (Scalise) not just the majority whip, but my friend, a roommate of John Shimkus, the dad to two young children laying in the outfield motionless.

"The practice was in advance of the Thursday game where Republican and Democratic lawmakers in the House and Senate play in a charity game".

"I got to witness the heroism of the Capitol Police that were there as part of Scalise's detail", Davis said.

Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., also said this is the time to come together. Scales was shot in the hip; his spokesman said he was undergoing surgery on Wednesday morning.

Davis said members left the dugout and went behind cover and eventually moved across the street, behind cover and cars.

"Today is the day and I'm going to do everything I can to work together with my friends on the other side of the aisle", he said. "I just can't thank them enough and by God's grace everyone, the good guys, who were injured are on a path to recovery".

Scalise was wounded in the shooting.

Alexandria police said, they were responding to a "multiple shooting" in the city.

On whether he thought Republican members were targeted, Davis said "I don't think it was a coincidence that no bullets were fired outside of that baseball field". "It has got to stop". "I never thought I'd play a baseball game for charity, go to practice at 6:30 a.m., and have to dodge bullets".

"We have fun, and it is a great opportunity", Davis said.

"This has to be the breaking point", Davis added, regarding the hateful political rhetoric in America.

"There were kids on the field, there were innocent people walking in this dog park, this political rhetoric and this hatefulness that we see via social media and the media cycle has got to stop", Davis said.

This political rhetoric and political discourse that has led to hate, has led to gunfire, this has got to stop and it's got to stop today.