Paul Ryan's remarks on today's shooting:
Knowing Steve Scalise as we all do, he is likely really frustrated that he’s not going to be able to play in the baseball game. I also know Steve wants us to commend the bravery of those who came to the side of the wounded. In the coming days we will hear their stories and we will have the chance to hold up their heroism.
My colleagues there are so many memories from this day that we will want to forget, and there are so many images that we will not want to see again. But there is one image in particular that this house should keep, and that’s a photo I saw this morning of our Democratic colleagues gathered in prayer this morning after hearing the news.
Every day we come here to test and to challenge each other. We feel so deeply about the things that we fight for and the things that we believe in, at times our emotions can clearly get the best of us. We’re all imperfect. But we do not shed our humanity when we enter this chamber. For all the noise and the fury, we are one family. These were our brothers and sisters in the line of fire. These were our brothers and sisters who ran into danger and saved countless lives. So before this house returns to its business, let’s just slow down and reflect, to think about how we’re all being tested right now. Because, we are being tested right now.
Coming on the heels of reports that the suspected shooter in Alexandria today volunteered for his campaign, Bernie Sanders has released a statement:
I have just been informed that the alleged shooter at the Republican baseball practice is someone who apparently volunteered on my presidential campaign. 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 and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms. Real change can only come about through nonviolent action, and anything else runs against our most deeply held American values.
My hopes and prayers are that Representative Scalise, congressional staff and the Capitol Police Officers who were wounded make a quick and full recovery. I also want to thank the Capitol Police for their heroic actions to prevent further harm.
The suspected shooter in today's incident (who has purportedly died of his injuries) campaigned for Bernie Sanders, according to interviews with acquaintances of Hodgkinson.
For his part, Bernie Sanders has remarked on today's violence:
Our prayers go out for a full recovery of Rep. Scalise, the congressional aides and police who were injured. We’ve got to stop the violence.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) June 14, 2017
The suspected shooter in today's incident in Alexandria has died, according to Trump, who struck an uncharacteristically unifying tone:
Everyone on that field is a public servant. Our courageous police, our congressional aides, who work so tirelessly behind the scenes with enormous devotion, and our dedicated members of congress who represent our people. We may have our differences, but we do well in times like this to remember that everyone who serves in our nation’s capitol is here because, above all, they love our country.
The shooter has been identified as a 66 year old man from Illinois named James T. Hodgkinson. If this individual's Facebook page has been properly identified, he appears to have been an ardent support of Bernie Sanders' campaign and has posted on his dissatisfaction with the Trump Administration.
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) June 14, 2017
A white middle-aged man opened fire on a congressional baseball practice Wednesday morning. Republicans had gathered for the early morning practice in anticipation of this week’s charity game against a team of Democrats.
- At least five people - including the shooter - have been hospitalized with gun shot wounds. One elected official, Republican House Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana, is among those shot. At least one police officer and a congressional staffer are also among the injured.
- Mo Brooks, a Republican representative from Alabama, purportedly used a belt as a tourniquet to help stymie the bleeding of one of the gun shot victims, which is pretty extraordinary.
- There are unsubstantiated claims that the shooter asked whether or not those present were Republicans or Democrats. An individual in jogging clothes apparently stopped to ask Jeff Duncan - who was leaving the practice early - what political affiliation those present held. The individual who would shortly thereafter open fire on the practice was dressed differently, though it is conceivable this could have been the same man.