U.S. Rep. Jodey Arrington said it was a somber day at the Capitol following the shooting that wounded at least five – including a U.S. Congressman – Wednesday morning at a GOP Congressional baseball practice just outside of Washington, D.C.
“Please join me in praying for my friend Congressman Steve Scalise, all involved, and their loved ones,” he wrote. “I am grateful to our Capitol Police; their heroism and bravery saved lives this morning.”
Later in the afternoon, Arrington said it was nothing short of a miracle that none of the victims had died – although two remained in critical condition at the time of the interview. He described the shooting as a tragic action taken by a bad person, but if he could find a positive to it, it’s that it put things in perspective. Arrington said there’s been a lot of political tension this year, and he thought this served as a reminder that while people are passionate and opinionated, there ought to be mutual respect.
“I think the sentiment is that an attack on one of us is an attack on all of us,” said Arrington. “This is one of those moments where your labels fall by the wayside and you just see your colleagues as people who love their country and are here to serve. We really came together and console each other. We had Democrats and Republicans alike in a prayer service immediately after reports came out. We gathered on the House floor and I sat with my Democratic friends. We’re all unified in this.”
Arrington again asked for prayers for his friend Scalise and all those injured. But he also asked that prayers be made for the country, so that it moves forward in a way that’s less fierce, with more civility
A member of Arrington’s staff said the freshman Congressman has not been taking part in the Congressional baseball team. He said Arrington considered it, but preferred to solely focus on his initiatives and agenda this year and may consider playing in the future.
According to the Texas Tribune, there were four Texas lawmakers on the Republican baseball team who were present at the shooting, including U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway of Midland. The other three were U.S. Reps. Joe Barton, Kevin Brady and Roger Williams. Zack Barth, a staffer for Williams, was among those shot and is expected to make a full recovery. According to his LinkedIn page, Barth previously worked as a staff assistant and policy assistant for former U.S. Rep. Randy Neugebauer for about six months before Neugebauer retired.