Kansas lawmakers react to shooting at Virginia congressional baseball practice

WASHINGTON (KSNT) – Multiple Kansas lawmakers are reacting following a shooting Wednesday morning just outside Washington.

A top House Republican, Steve Scalise of Louisiana, was shot by a rifle-wielding gunman at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia. Several other people were also believed to have been hit, according to a lawmaker who witnessed the shooting.

Capitol Police said officers who were part of Scalise's security detail returned fire and wounded the shooter, who was taken into custody.

President Donald Trump said he was "deeply saddened by this tragedy" and was monitoring developments.

Kansas Congressman Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) tweeted that he is OK following the shooting. Marshall and Kevin Yoder (R-Kan.) are both on the baseball team. A spokesperson said Yoder and Marshall were not there. Marshall would have normally been there but skipped this practice. Marshall released the following statement:

"I am alright. This morning was one of just a handful of practices I haven't made it to. Thank you for the many who have asked about me and offered support.

Steve Scalise is the leader of our team in so many ways. Whether it is on the baseball field, the House floor, or in life, he is always encouraging, motivating and supporting his Members and teammates. Just two days ago, Steve and I were riding together to an event at the Secretary of the Interior's office, enjoying each other's company. He is a terrific friend and father, and his wife and two kids are in my prayers.

There were staff and Police seriously injured. I want to ask for prayers for them and their families.

This – at a baseball practice, no less – is an insult to America, our way of live and our ability to put politics aside and enjoy a pastime to benefit charity.

I ask that each of you join me in praying for my good friend, Steve Scalise, and the staff and Capitol Police who were injured. I don't have any other information at this time, but I ask for your continued prayers for those injured and their families.

The coward who did this will not win in any way. Though shaken, we are not deterred in our mission to turn this country in a better direction.

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) said he was shocked and saddened by the news of the shooting and was praying for all impacted.

"Today and every day I am thankful for the efforts of the United States Capitol Police and all who work to keep those who serve in Congress and our staff safe."

A spokeswoman for U.S. Senator Pat Roberts confirmed with KSNT News that he was not at the practice.

Kansas Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan.) released the following statement to KSNT News following the shooting.

"My prayers go out to Congressman Steve Scalise and his family, my Republican colleagues, staffers, and our Capitol police officers involved in this morning's shooting. Thank you to our first responders for securing the area and keeping others safe."

Kansas Congressman Ron Estes (R-Kan.) released this statement:

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Congressman Steve Scalise, his staff, family, and all those injured this morning.  I'm grateful to the U.S. Capitol Police officers who displayed true bravery in protecting congressional members and staff and bringing an end to this senseless act of violence."

KSNT News will continue to follow and keep you updated on today's incident.


The Associated Press contributed to this story



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