The Northern Virginia shooting wounding a Republican House leader at a congressional baseball practice “is an attack on all of us,” Speaker Paul Ryan told the chamber on Wednesday afternoon.
In an impassioned floor speech hours after a gunman shot House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and others, Ryan acknowledged the “very strong emotions” lawmakers are feeling.
“We are all horrified by this dreadful attack on our friends and on our colleagues and those who serve and protect this Capitol,” Ryan said. “We are all praying for those who were attacked and for their families.”
Police responded to reports of an active shooter on Wednesday morning in Alexandria, Virginia, where Republican lawmakers were practicing for Thursday’s annual congressional charity baseball game. Authorities have said at least five people were wounded, including Scalise, who is believed to be in stable condition. Other casualties include former House GOP aide Matt Mika, current House GOP aide Zack Barth and special agent David Bailey and another agent identified as Krystal Griner, though the spelling of her name isn’t confirmed.
“We are giving all our thoughts to those currently being treated for their injuries at this moment, and we are united,” Ryan said. “We are united in our shock. We are united in our anguish. An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us.”