Rep. Pearce ‘alright’ after shooting; another congressman injured

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U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, was shot Wednesday morning during a House GOP practice for a congressional charity baseball game. Rep. Steve Pearce of New Mexico, who was at the practice, tweeted that he is “alight.”

The U.S. Capitol Building

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The U.S. Capitol Building

Someone opened fire during the practice and a shootout with Capitol Police officers ensued, multiple news outlets reported. Police said the shooter is in custody.

Scalise’s injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. Four others were also being treated for injuries, officials said. Among them was a staffer for U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas, according to the Texas Tribune.

“I was present at this mornings GOP baseball practice, but am alright. Prayers for Congressman Scalise & aides that were involved,” Pearce, R-N.M., tweeted just after the shooting.

U.S. Rep. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said police were at the practice because Scalise was there. “Had they not been there, it would have been a massacre,” Paul said on MSNBC.

U.S. Rep. Ruben Kihuen, D-Nev., tweeted a photo of House Democrats praying for their GOP colleagues at their own practice:

“My thoughts and prayers are with my colleagues, their staff and Capitol Police involved in this morning’s tragic shooting,” tweeted U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., a former member of the U.S. House.

Pat Davis, a Democratic candidate for the Albuquerque-area First Congressional District seat in the House, used to be a capitol police officer. He tweeted that there is “no justification” for the shooting and said he was glad Pearce is OK.

This BBSNews article was syndicated from NMPolitics.net, and written by Heath Haussamen, NMPolitics.net. Read the original article here.