A morning baseball practice between Republican congressmen in D.C. turned into a scene of terror after a man opened fired on them, hitting ranking House Republican Steve Scalise of Louisiana, two Capitol Hill police officers, and two other people.
Not long after, President Trump stood before cameras to address the nation. He started out by explaining that the congressmen were practicing for a charity baseball game planned for Thursday.
“Authorities are continuing to investigate the crime,” he said, “and the assailant has now died from his injuries. The FBI is leading the investigation and will continue to provide updates as new information comes available.”
“Congressman Steve Scalise, a member of House leadership, was shot and badly wounded and is now in stable condition at the hospital, along with two very courageous Capitol police officers,” Trump said. “At least two others were also wounded.”
“Many lives would have been lost if not for the heroic actions of the two Capitol police officers who took down the gunman despite sustaining gunshot wounds during a very, very brutal assault,” he continued. “Melania and I are grateful for their heroism and praying for the swift recovery of all victims.”
Trump added, “Congressman Scalise is a friend, and a very good friend. He’s a patriot, and he’s a fighter. He will recover from this assault. And, Steve, I want you to know that you have the prayers not only of the entire city behind you but of an entire nation and, frankly, the entire world. America is praying for you, and America is praying for all of the victims of this terrible shooting.”
He went on to assure support for Steve’s wife, the Capitol Hill police force, and the first responders.
“Please take a moment to cherish those you love and always remember those who serve and keep us safe,” the president concluded. “God bless them all. God bless you. And God bless America.”
Please keep the victims in your prayers.
Watch the speech below: