Tennessee Lawmakers React to Shooting at Congressional Baseball Team Practice

Tennessee Lawmakers React to Shooting at Congressional Baseball Team Practice

Source: Knoxville News SentinelNatalie Neysa Alund , USA TODAY NETWORK  | June 14, 2017 Updated at 10:00 a.m. ET

According to reports, a gunman opened fire during a GOP baseball practice in Alexandria.

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Chuck Fleischmann

Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., who was at the scene, confirmed that several people were shot, some seriously.

_Marsha Blackburn tweeted: Awful news this morning. My deepest thoughts & prayers with @CapitolPolice officers, @SteveScalise & those present. (8:59 a.m.)

_Jim Cooper tweeted: This is horrible. Violence is never the answer. Grateful for the Capitol Police and wishing everyone a speedy recovery. (9:11 a.m.)

More: Rep. Steve Scalise, others shot at congressional baseball practice

“I was on deck, about to hit batting practice, when I heard a ‘blam,'” Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., told CNN. Brooks said people scattered and that Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., was among those who were shot.

Alexandria Police posted on Twitter that  the shooting suspect was in custody and was not a threat.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said President Trump and Vice President Pence were aware of the incident._TN House of Democrats tweeted: Prayers for Rep. @SteveScalise & Capitol police officers who were reportedly shot this morning at the Congressional baseball game practice. (8:15 a.m.)Michael Collins tweeted: BREAKING: Just talked to Rep. Chuck Fleischmann of TN, who was at scene of shooting at GOP baseball practice. He’s OK. @Tennessean@knoxnews (8:13 a.m.)

Brooks who was at the game, described the shooter as a middle-age man who was heavy set who fired multiple shots from a rifle behind the dugout. “I’m a little bit shook up,” Brooks told CNN after describing watching his colleagues attempt to render aid to at least five people who were shot including Scalise.
_Diane Black tweeted: Dave and I are praying for @SteveScalise, staff, #USCP & others in attendance at Congressional baseball game practice this morning. (8:22 a.m.)
_TNGOP tweeted: Our prayers are with @SteveScalise and everyone else involved in the shooting at the GOP Congressional baseball practice this morning. (8:18 a.m.)

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul was also at the scene.

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