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Democrats offer prayers for Republican colleagues after shooting at congressional baseball practice

Five people, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), were shot at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park, site of a Wednesday morning shooting in Alexandria, Virginia. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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.

“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.”

Other Democrats offered prayers as well:

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)

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