Tennessee Rep. Chuck Fleischmann was not injured when gunfire erupted at a Congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia.
Congressman Fleischmann, who represents the 3rd district of Tennessee, is on the baseball team and was at Wednesday morning’s practice but was not injured. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) was among at least four shot.
UPDATE: I can confirm @RepChuck was at baseball practice and was NOT SHOT. He is OK and is now awaiting police instruction.
— Dan Kennedy (@NC5_DanKennedy) June 14, 2017
Doug Stafford, chief strategist for Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, confirmed the senator was also at the practice but was not hurt.
My statement on the shooting this AM in Alexandria. pic.twitter.com/jrZxdqTchD
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) June 14, 2017
Alabama talk radio host Matt Murphy claimed he spoke with Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) who was at the scene of the shooting. Brooks apparently told Murphy that at least 50 shots were fired and "five or more" people were hit.
Wednesday morning, Representative Diane Black released the following statement:
“I’m heartbroken by today’s tragic events. Steve Scalise is a great friend and tremendous colleague. My prayers are with him and all of the victims. I’m grateful for the heroism of the Capitol Police officers who stopped this shooter and saved countless lives.”
Congressman Jim Cooper said, “This is horrible. Violence is never the answer. Grateful for the Capitol Police and wishing everyone a speedy recovery.”
— Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) June 14, 2017
My prayers are with all those affected by this morning's shooting. I am extremely grateful for our brave Capitol Police officers.
— Senator Bob Corker (@SenBobCorker) June 14, 2017
Statement on the shooting this morning: pic.twitter.com/ghh2SDNgZt
— Sen. Lamar Alexander (@SenAlexander) June 14, 2017
Representative Scott DesJarlais said he did not attend the game. He added he and his staff were safe and said, "Everyone is concerned for our colleagues and others who may have been there."
Our prayers are with @SteveScalise and everyone else involved in the shooting at the GOP Congressional baseball practice this morning
— TNGOP (@TNGOP) June 14, 2017
A joint statement from Mary Mancini, the chair of the Tennessee Democratic Party, and Scott Golden, the chair of the Tennessee Republican Party, was released Wednesday afternoon as follows:
"Today’s attack on United States members of congress, their staff and all in attendance was horrific. Violence can never be tolerated in a civil society. The Tennessee Democratic Party and the Tennessee Republican Party condemn this and any act of violence for any motivation. We are thankful for the courage of the Capitol Police, whose presence and quick actions saved countless lives. Our thoughts and prayers are with Congressman Scalise, the other victims and their families."