Following a shooting Wednesday morning at a Republican congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, congressional Democrats dropped what they were doing to offer prayers for their Republican colleagues.
According to multiple accounts, a gunman opened fire during the practice outside the nation’s Capitol. Multiple people — including Republican House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (La.), a congressional aide, and two Capitol Police officers — were shot. Police say the shooting suspect is in custody in a D.C. hospital.
Democratic Rep. Ruben Kihuen (Nev.) tweeted a photo of members of the Democrats’ baseball team at their practice facility with their heads bowed in prayer for their colleagues.
.@HouseDemocrats praying for our @HouseGOP @SenateGOP baseball colleagues after hearing about the horrific shooting… https://t.co/CxE2Vx6Rsz— Rep. Ruben J. Kihuen (@Rep. Ruben J. Kihuen)1497442144.0
“My heart is heavy right now,” Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-Calif.) wrote on Twitter. “We just said a prayer for our colleagues and are holding to leave [Democrat] baseball practice.”
My heart is heavy right now. We just said a prayer for our colleagues and are holding to leave Dem baseball practice.— Pete Aguilar (@Pete Aguilar)1497442700.0
Other Democrats offered prayers as well:
Our Dem baseball team was practicing when we heard news. We're safe & with police, everyone praying for GOP colleagues, staff & Cap police— Rep. Jared Huffman (@Rep. Jared Huffman)1497442848.0
At baseball practice, hearing about the unthinkable horrific news. Practice shut down. Dems join-in prayer for our… https://t.co/2sdkvGTVbk— Nanette D. Barragán (@Nanette D. Barragán)1497441770.0
The Democrats and Republicans are preparing for Thursday's annual congressional baseball game, which raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity.
(H/T: The Hill)