Local representatives reflect on shooting at charity game practice

Published 9:38 pm Thursday, June 15, 2017

WASHINGTON D.C. – As national lawmakers reel in shock at the Tuesday morning shooting that injured four, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, representatives from our area have voiced their appreciation for the first responders and called for prayer for those injured.

The shooting took place in Alexandria, Virginia during practice for a charity baseball game. A lobbyist, a congressional staffer and a Capitol police officer were also injured at the event. The shooter was killed. No Georgia representatives were injured during the shooting, but the effects of the shooting were nevertheless felt by our representatives.

“It is not said enough,” Sen. David Perdue said mere hours after the shooting. “Thank you to our U.S. Capitol Police officers who work around the clock to protect and serve our country. When tragedy broke out today, two Capitol Police officers engaged and took down the shooter. One of the police officers—after being shot—stopped the shooter and helped others before even attending to his own wounds. This is true heroism. Steve Scalise is a personal friend, and Bonnie and I join the country in praying for him, our Capitol Police officers, and all of the individuals who were injured in this horrific shooting.” 

Those officers have been credited with saving the lives of many of those there that day, and there was a universal feeling of thanks for the work their bravery on Tuesday.

“Steve Scalise is a great friend, and I am praying for him, our Capitol Police officers, the staff members and all those involved in today’s terrible attack,” Sen. Johnny Isakson said.

“I hope that all Americans will join me in condemning this senseless act of violence against innocent lives. Thank you to the U.S. Capitol Police, our first responders and all who rushed to aid the victims.”

Former West Point Mayor and current Congressman Drew Ferguson, likewise offered his prayers for those injured during the attack.

“Praying for Congressman Steve Scalise, the staff and police officers who were injured in today’s senseless attack,”  Ferguson said. “I am grateful for the swift actions of Capitol Police and first responders.”

At press time on Thursday, Scalise was still listed in critical condition.