U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson issues statement after shooting of congressman and four others

U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson

James T. Hodgkinson III, fired several shots Wednesday at a park in Alexandria, Va., at Republican members of Congress. The Congress members were at a morning baseball practice. The shooter wounded five people, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (La.).

Hodgkinson, 66, was from Illinois. He died after a shootout with police.  Two officers were wounded in the gun fight.

The wounded also include a congressional aide and a lobbyist.

Congressman Joe Wilson (R- SC- Dist. 2) made the following statement on the shooting this morning at the Republican practice for the Congressional Baseball Game:  

“My thoughts and prayers today are with House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, staffer Zach Barth, and Capitol Police Officers Krystal Griner and David Bailey. I am hopeful that each will make a speedy recovery.

“The shooting this morning was reprehensible, and I am grateful for the bravery of Officer Griner and Officer Bailey. They embodied the courage and selflessness that Capitol Police officers display each and every day. I am also thankful for the Members of Congress and local first responders who treated those wounded after the attack.

“I look forward to attending tomorrow’s Congressional Baseball Game, a remarkable annual event that supports local charities, and is a hallmark of bipartisanism and friendship between all Members of Congress and the Senate. Hatred will not prevail as our democracy overcomes adversity.”