Pennsylvania’s elected officials responded Wednesday to a shooting in Alexandria, Va., where multiple people were injured at a congressional baseball practice, including Majority Whip U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana.
Twitter was the mode of choice for the officials’ thoughts and prayers.
“Praying for my colleagues and the Capitol Police who protect them,” tweeted U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., at 7:29 a.m.
That was 20 minutes after Alexandria police said the gunman opened fire, according to the Associated Press.
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Casey was one of the first to respond to the events. Others quickly followed.
“Keeping @SteveScalise, brave Capitol Police, and other victims in my prayers,” tweeted his Republican counterpart, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey.
“Thoughts are with @SteveScalise, congressional staff & other victims of terrible shooting in VA. Thankful for quick actions by responders,” chimed in Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.
“Thoughts are w/ Congressmen, US Capitol Police, others wounded in Washington, D.C. Thankful for 1st responders who run toward danger to help,” tweeted state Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, R-Benner Township. “Saddened by this tragedy and all acts of senseless violence. Prayers for all whose lives are affected by such daily.”
Not all of the support came via social media.
“I was at a speaking engagement early this morning when the shooting took place at the congressional baseball practice. My wife, Penny, and I are praying for a quick recovery for Majority Whip Scalise and all those who were injured in this horrific incident. I want to thank the Capitol Police and the local law enforcement officials for their quick response and handling of the situation,” U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Howard Township, said in a statement.
“Out of an abundance of caution, there is an increased police presence in and around the Capitol and office buildings, which remain open to the public and lawmakers,” he said. “We certainly owe the Capitol Police a debt of gratitude for how they selflessly place themselves in harm’s way to protect the public and day in and day out.”