BARTON COMMENTS ON TRAGIC SHOOTING AT CONGRESSIONAL BASEBALL TEAM PRACTICE
Congressman Joe Barton issued the following statement on the tragic shooting at Wednesday`s Congressional baseball team practice:
the manager of the Republican Congressional Baseball team, I am deeply
saddened by this morning`s events. Members, staff, and support personal
arrived around 6:30 a.m. to Simpson Field for our usual morning
practice. Shortly after 7 a.m., shots were fired from a high caliber
firearm. The suspect was shooting at members and staff on the field.
Officers of the Capitol Police returned fire and ran towards the
shooter, risking their lives while saving others. The
incident lasted for approximately 10 minutes. Several people were
injured, including Majority Whip Steve Scalise. The Alexandria Police
along with the Capital Police secured a cease-fire, capturing the
thoughts and prayers are with Rep. Scalise and his family, along with
the others injured in this attack. My gratitude goes to the brave men
and women who risked their lives to bring the shooter down.