Maryland Congressional Delegation Reacts to Colleague’s Shooting

The following are statements and tweets from Maryland’s senators and House members after the shooting Wednesday morning of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), a House staffer, and two Capitol police officers at a park in Alexandria, Va. The shootings took place as Republican members of Congress were practicing for Thursday night’s scheduled baseball game with congressional Democrats.

Rep. Andy Harris (R)
“My prayers are with Congressman Scalise and his family, and with all of the victims of this morning’s shooting in Virginia. Thank you to the U.S. Capitol Police for their swift response to this attack and their continued service to the United States.”
Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D)
“Prayers for @SteveScalise, staff + @CapitolPolice involved in horrific shooting this AM. Shocked beyond words.”
Rep. John Sarbanes (D)
“My thoughts go out to my colleague, Congressman Steve Scalise, and his family, and to the other victims of the senseless shooting at the Congressional baseball practice. By all accounts, the Capitol Police on site, who were also among the wounded, prevented much greater bloodshed and I’d like to praise them for their bravery and service.”
Rep. Anthony Brown (D)
“Keeping @SteveScalise, Capitol Police, staffers & others hurt in this tragedy in my prayers. Gun violence has no place in our communities”
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D)
“My prayers today are my friend Whip Steve Scalise and with all those who were injured in the shooting this morning, including the U.S. Capitol Police officers who courageously respond and saved lives. Those who protect us in the Congressional leadership and throughout the U.S. Capitol complex every day risk their lives and safety to ensure the safe exercise of the American people’s government. They have my immense gratitude — today and every day.”
“Rep. Scalise and I may stand on opposite sides of the aisle as our parties’ whips, but at the end of the day we are friends, fellow Representatives, and fellow Americans. I hope everyone in our country will take time today to reflect on how our commonalities far outweigh our differences and that we all share in the work of the grand experiment in democracy.”
Rep. John Delaney (D)
“Praying for @SteveScalise and others who were shot in this horrific shooting. Thank you to the Capitol Police and all first responders.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D)
“I am praying for a speedy recovery for Congressman Scalise and all those injured during the heinous ambush this morning. I am grateful for the swift response from for the swift response from our first responders — including the U.S. Capitol Police and the Alexandria City Police Department — whose bravery helped save many lives.”
Rep. Jamie Raskin (D)
‘So grateful for our brave and dedicated @CapitolPolice. We thank them for their continuing devotion and commitment.”
Sen. Ben Cardin (D)
“Sending prayers to @SteveScalise &those injured in today’s shooting. Thankful for swift action of @CapitolPolice who work tirelessly 24/7”
Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D)
“An attack on one is an attack on all. Praying for a speedy recovery for Rep. Scalise and other victims. Big salute to Capitol Police!”
Compiled by Ana Faguy


Angela Breck
Associate Editor Angela Breck is best known for her 17 years as editor of the Maryland Independent in Charles County.  She also has been an editor of local editions of The Gazette newspapers in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.  She is currently a contributor to The Lexington Park Leader in St. Mary’s County, and to Southern Maryland — This Is Living


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