Trump: ‘Deeply saddened’ by shooting


President Trump said Wednesday he is “deeply saddened” by a shooting at a baseball practice for members of Congress. 

In a statement released by the White House, Trump said he and Vice President Pence “are monitoring developments closely” surrounding the shooting in Northern Virginia. 

“We are deeply saddened by this tragedy,” the president said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of Congress, their staffs, Capitol Police, first responders, and all others affected.”

Trump added in a tweet that House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) “was badly injured but will fully recover.”

{mosads}Pence, a former House member, canceled a planned speech to the National Association of Homebuilders on Wednesday morning so he could head directly to the White House, according to his spokesman. 

Scalise is in stable condition after being shot early Wednesday at a baseball practice field in Alexandria, Va., according to multiple reports.

Scalise was participating in a practice for the annual congressional baseball game set to take place Thursday in the nation’s capital. 

Pence said in a tweet that he and his wife are praying for Scalise and all those hurt in the incident.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) told MSNBC he heard as many as 50 shots.

Two Capitol Police officers on protective detail were also reportedly shot in the incident.

Alexandria police said they had taken a suspect into custody. 

– Updated at 8:52 a.m.

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