Statements from government officials regarding congressional baseball practice shooting

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Below are statements from government officials regarding the shooting at a congressional baseball practice that wounded five people, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise from New Orleans.

At 10:30 a.m., Gov. John Bel Edwards held a moment of silence at the Louisiana State Capitol. After, he made a comment. regarding the incident.

At the same time, President Trump held a press conference.

President Donald Trump also released the following statement:

The Vice President and I are aware of the shooting incident in Virginia and are monitoring developments closely. We are deeply saddened by this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of Congress, their staffs, Capitol Police, first responders, and all others affected.

Gov. John Bel Edwards released this statement:

This appears to be an outrageous, cowardly attack on one of our own. Steve Scalise is a friend, colleague and fighter for the people of Louisiana. While details continue to unfold, I want to thank the Capitol Police, all the first responders and other members of Congress for their quick and heroic efforts. Reports indicate they took swift action to take down this madman and render aid. Donna and I are praying for Congressman Scalise, his wife Jennifer, their two children, Madison and Harrison, and all those who were injured. I would ask the people of Louisiana to join their prayers to mine for a quick recovery for Congressman Scalise.

Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser released this statement:

I ask all Louisianans and Americans to pray for my friend, Majority Whip Steve Scalise, and all of those shot in today's ridiculous and senseless shooting. Steve has been a great friend to my family and Louisiana throughout his years as a public servant. My utmost thanks and admiration goes to those members of the Capitol Police who bravely subdued the shooter and saved dozens of lives. This attack on our elected officials is an attack on our nation and each one of us, regardless of party. Let us all pray for a speedy recovery for everyone injured today and for peace throughout the world.

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry released a statement:

My thoughts and prayers are with Steve as he has surgery and faces what will likely be months of recovery following the event's that took place early this morning. Steve and I are former colleagues and great friends, having just had dinner earlier this week. He is an incredible public servant who not only serves our country in a leadership role in Congress, but also proudly represents the State of Louisiana.

Senator John Kennedy released the following statement:

Steve is a good friend, and my thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. Hating people because you disagree with them is wrong. It is un-Christian, it is un-American, and it has gotten worse. My thoughts right now are with Steve, his family, the aide who was shot, and the Capitol Police officers. It is just a bad day for America.

Senator Bill Cassidy spoke on the Senate floor and offered his prayers and support. He said the following:

This morning an unbalanced individual carried out a cowardly attack not only against members and staff of this Congress, but against Democratic institutions. This terrorist, and he is a terrorist, desired to destroy our Democratic institutions. We as a country cannot allow this to happen. If anything, this must strengthen our resolve to do what is right for our country and for each other. We cannot let this shooter defeat good.

Congressman Garret Graves released the following statement:

Most importantly, we are thankful that our fellow Louisianian, Steve, is going to recover and remain strong. We will continue to pray for him, his wife Jennifer and kids as he goes through the healing process. We also pray for the staff and others wounded in today's attack.

The Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus released the following statement:

In the wake of the recent and senseless shooting of United States Representative Steve Scalise - LA (Rep.), House Majority Whip and four other wounded individuals - the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus offers its prayers to the shooting victims and their families.

Chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party Senator Karen Carter Peterson released the following statement:

I am deeply saddened and troubled that anyone would inflict terror on public servants. Steve Scalise is my friend and former state legislative colleague. My heart goes out to him, the other victims involved, his family, and the brave law enforcement officers injured in this tragic incident.

Several Louisiana officials took to Twitter to comment on the shooting.

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