Boccieri Responds To News Of Baseball Shooting Near Capitol
Former U.S. Rep. saddened by tragedy, extends wishes to victims

State Rep. John Boccieri (D-Poland) today responded to the news of unexpected gunfire at a congressional baseball practice outside Washington D.C. this morning, sending his prayers to the several wounded victims, including Louisiana Rep. and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.

“I was deeply saddened to hear of the tragedy this morning in Alexandria,” Boccieri said. “I played in the charity game when I was in Congress and attended many baseball practices, so my heart goes out to everyone who was involved in the practice. Rep. Scalise and I came into Congress together and played in this game against one another. I pray for his health and speedy recovery.” 

Among the others injured were two U.S. Capitol Police officers stationed to provide security at the event.

“The bravery shown by Capitol Hill police demonstrates their professionalism and extraordinary training,” Boccieri said. “I pray for their recovery, too.”

The shooting suspect has been taken into custody and is no longer considered a threat. Scalise has been reported to be in stable condition.

The event was a practice for a bipartisan charity baseball game scheduled for tomorrow at Nationals Park. 

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