First District Congressman Dr. Roger Marshall was not in the area during a shooting incident Wednesday morning in which legislators on a baseball team he plays with were targeted, and he is fine.
A gunman opened fire during an early morning baseball practice for Republican members of Congress. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise is among those who were injured.
Marshall released the following statement:
“I am alright. This morning was one of just a handful of practices I haven’t made it to. Thank you for the many who have asked about me and offered support.
Congressman Steve Scalise is the leader of our team in so many ways. Whether it is on the baseball field, the House floor, or in life, he is always encouraging, motivating and supporting his Members and teammates. Just two days ago, Steve and I were riding together to an event at the Secretary of the Interior’s office, enjoying each other’s company. He is a terrific friend and father, and his wife and two kids are in my prayers.
There were staff and Police seriously injured. I want to ask for prayers for them and their families.
This – at a baseball practice, no less – is an insult to America, our way of live and our ability to put politics aside and enjoy a pastime to benefit charity.
I ask that each of you join me in praying for my good friend, Steve Scalise, and the staff and Capitol Police who were injured. I don’t have any other information at this time, but I ask for your continued prayers for those injured and their families.
The coward who did this will not win in any way. Though shaken, we are not deterred in our mission to turn this country in a better direction.”
A law enforcement official says the shooting is being investigated as a criminal act rather than an act of terrorism. The official, who was not authorized to speak by name and spoke on condition of anonymity, also says the FBI is taking over the investigation, which is standard protocol in attacks involving federal officials such as a congressman.