Senate leaders of both parties spoke out in thanks for the service of the Capitol Police force and prayed House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., will have a speedy recovery after being shot in the hip.
"I know the entire Senate would join in echoing the sentiments of the president this morning. We were deeply saddened," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor Wednesday morning. "We're all concerned for those injured. We'll keep them in our prayers and we'll continue to send them every wish for a quick and full recovery.
"We're grateful for all those who stepped in to help — those practicing on the field, first responders and of course those Capitol Police officers on the scene. We are deeply indebted for their service." McConnell said. "The congressional baseball game is a bipartisan charity event. I know the Senate will embrace that spirit today as we come together in both expressing our concern and gratitude."
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said he was "absolutely shaken" when he heard news of the attack in Alexandria, Va.
"I join with the majority leader in offering our prayers for those who were injured and I was absolutely shaken by the news of a shooting earlier this morning at the baseball field in Alexandria, where many of my friends and colleagues were practicing for the annual congressional baseball game — an event that brings us together each year," Schumer said.
"Let us pray that they and any others who were injured are able to recover quickly. This morning is the most sobering of reminder of how thankful we should be for the service of the Capitol Police force, who put their lives on the line day in and day out for us to be safe. I could not be more grateful that Capitol Police."