My thoughts and prayers are with Rep. Steve Scalise, the U.S. Capitol Police, the Congressional staffers present at this morning's practice, and all those affected.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Al., and Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, recounted their harrowing experiences in television interviews Wednesday morning, saying U.S. Capitol Police officers distracted the shooter and ultimately wounded him, saving more people from being shot.
Scalise's office said the lawmaker is undergoing surgery and in stable condition, adding: "He is grateful for the courageous actions of U.S. Capitol Police, first responders, and colleagues". The political rhetoric of hate and division, including on social media and the 24-hour news cycle, has to end.
Capitol Police are often a backdrop in congressional photo ops but play a crucial role in protecting lawmakers.
Although the practice was taking place in Alexandria, Va., across the Potomac River from the Capitol, police were on hand to protect Rep. Scalise, the majority whip and No. 3 Republican in the House of Representatives.
The officers were there before the shooting, as a part of Scalise's security detail.
"I have just as many friends on the Democrat side". We have to take this tragedy that we saw today that could have been much much worse and turn it into a positive to let Americans know if you disagree with your leaders, that's ok.
"We have to come together as Americans, not as Republicans or Democrats, but come together and say this type of activity can not and will not stand", said Davis. That's why we have elections.
"Today we all need to stop this hateful political rhetoric that has now led to violence", Davis said. Both are being traced by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. The agency said it is working to quickly trace a rifle and a handgun to determine where they were purchased. An ATF spokeswoman said a trace of the weapons would answer that question. Rodney Davis of Taylorville.
"Eventually, we made it into an apartment building across the street where a Good Samaritan told three of us to come inside".