WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - Shots were fired at a Republican Congressional baseball practice this morning. A gunman opened fire on representatives preparing for their baseball game slated to take place Thursday. Five people were taken to the hospital, including majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA). Scalise’s colleague Ralph Abraham (R-LA) says he was in disbelief.
Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-LA) says he is glad Majority Whip Steve Scalise was there because he is always surrounded by a security detail.
Rep. Abraham says it was a good thing his friend Scalise was there because of the police presence he brings with him. Preparing for one of the great, fun, bipartisan events of the year, things took a horrific turn. Scalise, two officers, and a Congressional aide were shot alongside the gunman who later died. Abraham says while there is speculation this was a politically motivated attack, violence will never settle differences.
“People who do this type of horrific violence...there's no logic to their thought process. Unfortunately that's why sometimes we cannot prevent these incidents,” said Abraham.
The two coaches of the Congressional baseball teams say as of now they will play tomorrow night.