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Lawmakers receive death threats after baseball shooting

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"Our office receives threats like these regularly." (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Multiple members of Congress said they received threatening emails and calls on Wednesday, including an email to one New York congresswoman that warned, "one down, 216 to go" after a shooting at a baseball practice that targeted Republican lawmakers.

The Washington Examiner confirmed Rep. Claudia Tenney, R-N.Y., received the email sometime following the shooting Wednesday morning.

"Did you NOT expect this?" continued the email sent to Tenney's office. "When you take away ordinary peoples very lives in order to pay off the wealthiest among us, your own lives are forfeit. Certainly, your souls and mortality were lost long before."

"This morning, our office received a disturbing message referencing the tragic shooting that wounded House Whip Rep. Steve Scalise, U.S. Capitol Police officers and a Congressional staff member," a statement from Tenney's office said. "Although our office receives threats like these regularly, today's message was particularly disheartening following this morning's tragic events."

Syracuse.com reported that Tenney contacted U.S. Capitol Police to report the incident.

Tenney plays on the congressional women's softball team and is a friend of Scalise, telling Syracuse.com that, "Steve Scalise has got to be one of the nicest people you'll ever meet" and that he is "universally liked by both sides."

Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragan, D-Calif., said multiple Democratic members of Congress received calls saying "you guys are next" to their office Wednesday, according to a BuzzFeed report.

Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, who has received death threats following his call for President Trump's impeachment, also confirmed to BuzzFeed that his office received similar calls.

There has been a recent escalation in the number of death threats members of Congress have received, according to Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif. Democratic and Republican members have called for an improvement in political rhetoric following Wednesday's shooting.