Steve Scalise GOP baseball shooting: Peter King, Kathleen Rice, Donald Trump, more respond


Politicians and public figures including Rep. Peter King, Rep. Kathleen Rice, Rep. Lee Zeldin, President Donald Trump and former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords respond to the shooting Wednesday morning that injured House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana and several others at a Republican congressional baseball team practice in Alexandria, Virginia.

The gunman was fatally shot when police returned fire. The AP identified him as James T. Hodgkinson, 66, of Illinois, citing a government official.

Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford)

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"Thoughts & prayers w Steve Scalise, 2 police officers & staffer shot this AM. Steve is good friend. Very helpful in passing 9/11 health bill," King tweeted.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)

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"I was absolutely shaken by the news of a shooting early this morning at the baseball field in Alexandria, where many of my friends and colleagues were practicing for the annual Congressional Baseball Game, an event that brings us together each year," Schumer said. He prayed that Scalise and the others injured "are able to recover quickly. This morning is the most sobering a reminder of how thankful we should be for the service of the Capitol police force, who put their lives on the line day in, day out for us to be safe. I could not be more grateful that Capitol police were there at a time to prevent this attack from being any worse than it was."

President Donald Trump

The president said late Wednesday morning that
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The president said late Wednesday morning that "the assailant has now died from his injuries."

"Many lives would have been lost if not for the heroic actions of the two Capitol police officers who took down the gunman despite sustaining gunshot wounds during a very, very brutal assault. Melania and I are grateful for their heroism and praying for the swift recovery of all victims," Trump said from the White House. "Congressman Scalise is a friend, and a very good friend. He's a patriot, and he's a fighter. He will recover from this assault -- and Steve, I want you to know that you have the prayers not only of the entire city behind you, but of an entire nation and frankly the entire world."

Trump tweeted earlier, "Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, a true friend and patriot, was badly injured but will fully recover. Our thoughts and prayers are with him."



Rep. Thomas Suozzi (D-Glen Cove)

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"This morning, I was practicing with other members of the Democratic baseball team when reports flooded in about a shooting at the Republican baseball practice. We stopped practice, took shelter in the dugout and said a prayer for our Republican colleagues, many of whom I'm fortunate to call my friends," Suozzi said in a statement. "My thoughts and prayers are with Rep. Steve Scalise, Capitol Police officers and everyone else who was injured in today's senseless act of violence, as well as their families. As we collectively hope for their speedy recoveries, this is a time to come together and remember that far more unites us than divides us. There are no Democrats or Republicans today -- just Americans."

Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley)

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"Following this morning's shooting at the Congressional baseball game practice, I would like to send my best wishes to my great colleague from Louisiana, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, and all others who were injured," Zeldin said in a statement. "I've spent a lot of time interacting with Steve's security detail and they are so talented on so many levels. From all accounts I have heard from colleagues on the field, these Capitol Police officers saved the lives of many Members of Congress this morning and I have the highest respect for everything they do exceptionally this morning and every other day. Praying for a speedy recovery for all who were harmed by this morning's attack."

Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-Garden City)

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"Shocked & appalled by shooting this morning in VA. Praying that @SteveScalise & all those injured make a full & speedy recovery," Rice tweeted.

She said in another tweet, "Grateful to the men & women in the Capitol Police who stand ready to risk their lives to protect us every single day."

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.)

Ryan told fellow lawmakers that
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Ryan told fellow lawmakers that "an attack on one of us is an attack on all of us." He said "these were our brothers and sisters in the line of fire," and received a standing ovation as Republican and Democratic representatives came to the House chamber in a show of unity.

Ryan implored lawmakers in both parties "to resolve to come together to lift each other up and to show the country, show the world that we are one House, the people's House, united in our humanity."

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)

Sanders said that the suspect
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Sanders said that the suspect "apparently volunteered on my presidential campaign."

"I am sickened by this despicable act," he said. "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."



Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.)

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"It was obvious he knew who we were and what he was intending to do," Brooks told CNN.

"He had a gun and was shooting from behind a fence behind third base," Brooks said. "I see a rifle and I see a little bit of his body."

Brooks said he used his belt to make a tourniquet to stop Scalise's bleeding.

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, gun violence survivor

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"My heart is with my former colleagues, their families & staff, and the US Capitol Police- public servants and heroes today and every day," Giffords tweeted.

She said in a statement, "It doesn't matter if you're a Democrat or a Republican, nor if you're a senator or a representative, nor a staffer or a sworn officer. If you serve the institution of Congress, you're connected to your colleagues, current and former, by a shared sense of service to ideals far greater than yourself. This shooting is an attack on all who serve and on all who participate in our democracy."

Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas)

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"A shooter came out to practice, started shooting," Barton, left, told reporters. "He shot at Trent Kelly, our third baseman. He shot at Steve Scalise, our second baseman. He hit Steve Scalise."

Barton is the Republican baseball team's manager.

Rep. Trent Kelly (R-Miss.)

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"I am thankful and grateful for the grace of God or I wouldn't be here right now," said Kelly, seen above at right in 2015. He told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that he was closest person to the gunman when the shooting began.

"It wasn't the first time I've been shot at, but I sure hope it's the last," said the congressman, who is a colonel in the Mississippi Army National Guard. "I thought when I left Iraq in 2010 that would be the last time I was shot at in my life."

Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.)

Duncan said he suspects he spoke with the
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Duncan said he suspects he spoke with the gunman before the shooting. Duncan said he was preparing to leave the baseball practice when the man approached him and asked: "Excuse me, sir, who's practicing today? Democrats or Republicans?" The congressman said he told him it was the Republican team, and the man thanked him and turned around.



Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D-N.Y.)

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"Sickened by the news in Alexandria this morning. My thoughts are with those affected, and grateful for the brave first responders," Cuomo tweeted.

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