Celebrities React: Rep. Steve Scalise Shot In Shooting At Congressional Baseball Practice

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Congressional Shooting Reaction

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Congressional Shooting Reaction

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Celebrities are reacting after Rep. Steve Scalise was shot on Wednesday in a shooting that took place at a congressional baseball practice in Virginia. See reaction from stars below.

A number of congressmen and congressional staffers who are members of a GOP team were at a baseball field in Alexandria this morning to practice for tomorrow’s charity game, an annual bipartisan event. A gunman opened fire, striking Scalise, who is the House majority whip, and reportedly several others. The shooter, later identified as James Hodgkinson of Illinois, is now in police custody.

While information about the scary incident is still coming out, President Donald Trump tweeted, “Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, a true friend and patriot, was badly injured but will fully recover. Our thoughts and prayers are with him.” First Lady Melania Trump said on her own page, “Thank you to the first responders who rushed in to help protect those who were hurt in Alexandria, VA. My thoughts & prayers to everyone!” Vice President Mike Pence also posted, “Karen & I are praying for @SteveScalise, the Capitol Police, & all hurt for a speedy recovery. Our hearts are with them & their loved ones.”

Rep. Roger Williams of Texas, who coaches the Republican team, confirmed one of his staffers was among the victims. He wrote on Twitter, “Please keep the member of my staff and all members of the congressional baseball team in your thoughts and prayers.” Former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot at an event in 2011, stated, “My heart is with my former colleagues, their families & staff, and the US Capitol Police- public servants and heroes today and every day.”

Others expressing concern include a number of celebs. “My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected,” wrote Alyssa Milano. Lin-Manuel Miranda said, “Prayers and thoughts in Alexandria, with Steve Scalise and his family, and all affected. Horrible.” Jededia Bila wrote, “Awful. Thinking of them and their families.” And Josh Gad said, “My God. This is horrible. Sending thoughts and prayers to all involved.”

Katie Couric exclaimed, “God what is happening in this country?” Rosie Perez expressed, “#SMH. Over a 100 yrs of bipartisan tradition stained now by senseless act-Prayers to 4 victims-Will USA ever take #EndGunViolence seriously?” Julianne Moore wrote, “I am saddened by this shooting in our US Capitol. Please #Congress, what will it take for you to act?gunsafety @Everytown @MomsDemand.”

“The shooting in Alexandria this AM was a senseless horrific act. My thoughts are with Rep. Scalise, the Capitol Police & all those impacted,” George Takei tweeted. Jeffrey Wright said, “No good, America. No good. Speedy recovery to Rep. Scalise.” Mia Farrow posted, “Hoping all victims will quickly recover.” Denis O’Hare asked, “Can we start talking about meaningful Gun Safety Laws now??” But Billy Eichner remarked, “Congress didn’t care when 20 young children were shot dead at Sandy Hook. Will they care when one of their own gets shot? I doubt it.”

Montel Williams also said, “All of our prayers should be with the 2 (hero) Capitol Police Officers shot as well as with @SteveScalise and his staffer who were wounded.” Marlee Matlin tweeted, “My thoughts & prayers go to individuals and their families in Alexandria. We are thankful to Capitol Hill Police for their quick response.” And Russell Simmons pleaded, “No more violence, please America. Not on the street corners. Not in Washington. Not in our schools. Not in our homes. Prayers to all.”

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