Walorski statement on shooting at Congressional baseball practice
Wednesday, 14 June 2017 15:40

WASHINGTON, D.C. â€“ A gunman opened fire during baseball practice for Republican members of Congress early Wednesday morning, firing dozens of shots at a field in Alexandria, Va., according to news reports.

At least five people were wounded, including Congressional Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana. The suspect has been identified as James T. Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Ill. The gunman was injured in return fire by U.S. Capitol Police and later died from his injuries.

Members of the U.S. Capitol Police were also wounded. The FBI is taking over the investigation,

U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) released the following statement late Wednesday morning:

“My staff and I are safe and praying for Whip Steve Scalise and the others who were injured this morning. I will be joining my colleagues for a security briefing and prayer meeting as we continue to monitor the situation. We are grateful for the U.S. Capitol Police, who put their lives on the line each day to protect Members of Congress, our staff, and visitors at the Capitol.”

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.