Tennessee lawmakers react to shooting at congressional baseball practice

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Lawmakers in Tennessee are reacting to the horrifying shooting in Alexandria, Virginia, after a gunman opened fire on members of Congress practicing baseball early Wednesday morning.

Tennessee Congressman Chuck Fleischmann was at the practice when several people were hurt. He’s since addressed the media, and said they were “like sitting ducks in the dugout.”

Fleschmann was the only lawmaker from the state present during the incident, and News 2 has reached out to others to check on their safety and hear their reaction.

Congressman Jim Cooper (D) confirmed to News 2 he was not at the park. His representative said “Jim is okay and at the office.”

Congressman Marsha Blackburn also told News 2 she was not there. She said she was at her apartment at the time.

Rep. Phil Roe wasn’t at the practice Wednesday morning either but released a statement that said, in full, “This morning’s shooting was a senseless and shocking act, and my thoughts and prayers are with everyone who was at practice this morning, especially my friend Steve Scalise, all who were injured and their families. I am incredibly thankful for the brave actions of the Capitol Police officers and first responders at the scene.”

Rep. Scott DesJarlais was not at the practice. He is safe and concerned for his colleagues, according to his representative.

Senator Lamar Alexander released at statement, which reads, “This was a shocking attack on members of Congress, their staff, and on U.S. Capitol police. I pray for the health of everyone who was injured. We are especially grateful for the exceptional bravery of the U.S. Capitol police and first responders.”

Congressman Diane Black said, “I’m heartbroken by today’s tragic events. Steve Scalise is a great friend and tremendous colleague. My prayers are with him and all of the victims. I’m grateful for the heroism of the Capitol Police officers who stopped this shooter and saved countless lives.”

The chairs of both the Tennessee Democratic Party and Tennessee Republic Party released a joint statement, describing the attack as “horrific.” TNDP Chair Mary Mancini TNHOP Chair Scott Golden continued, “The Tennessee Democratic Party and the Tennessee Republican Party condemn this and any act of violence for any motivation. We are thankful for the courage of the Capitol Police, whose presence and quick actions saved countless lives. Our thoughts and prayers are with Congressman Scalise, the other victims and their families.”

Below are other reactions from both local and national political leaders on the shooting: