Ivanka Trump offered her "thoughts and prayers" to the victims of a shooting Wednesday at a baseball field in Alexandria, Va., where House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., and several others suffered injuries at the hands of a now-deceased gunman.
"I'd like to start by echoing my father's statement earlier and offering our thoughts and prayers to Congressman Scalise and all the victims in today's tragic events," Ivanka Trump said Wednesday afternoon at the start of a previously scheduled event.
"We are grateful for their service and for [their] dedication to this country," the first daughter added.
President Trump had spoken about the shooting at the White House roughly an hour earlier. He offered his condolences to the families of those injured in the attack and called for unity while praising the quick response of the U.S. Capitol Police officers on the scene.
A gunman, since identified as James Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill., reportedly opened fire on Republican lawmakers and aides Wednesday morning as they practiced ahead of a charity baseball game scheduled for Thursday. Hodgkinson died of injuries sustained in a shoot-out with police officers, Trump confirmed in his remarks.
Scalise was shot in the hip but is expected to recover fully, according to his office. Others struck by gunfire include an aide to Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas, and at least one Captiol Police officer.
Ivanka Trump, the president's eldest daughter, hosted a roundtable dedicated to workforce development Wednesday even though the president and vice president cleared their public events in light of the shooting. Several Cabinet members — including Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon — joined Ivanka Trump for the event.