Democrat Baseball Team Prays For Republican Colleagues After Shooting
In a moving display of solidarity with their fellow members of Congress, Democratic congressional baseball team members huddled together in prayer for their Republican colleagues after a gunman opened fired at the GOP team's baseball practice early Wednesday morning.
The powerful moment was captured and tweeted out by Democratic Rep. Ruben J. Kihuen:
According to witnesses, the gunman, armed with a rifle, shot off dozens of rounds, as many as 50 to 100. Early reports indicate that he shot five people, including Majority House Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), who was badly wounded in the hip, and two security personnel.
Details are still emerging, but so far eyewitness accounts and statements by law enforcement indicate that the shooter deliberately targeted Republicans.
Before the attack, Rep. Ron DeSantis said he was asked by a man who fit the description of the gunman, "Are those Republicans or Democrats out there practicing?" Law enforcement sources and Republican witnesses told CNN they believe it was a "deliberate attack" on the group of Republicans.
Shortly after the shooting, President Trump responded in an official statement. "The Vice President and I are aware of the shooting incident in Virginia and are monitoring developments closely. We are deeply saddened by this tragedy," said Trump in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of Congress, their staffs, Capitol Police, first responders, and all others affected." In a tweet, Trump praised Scalise as a "true friend and patriot."