Georgia congressman calls shooting ‘senseless act of evil’

June 14, 2017

ATLANTA (AP) — Staffers for Georgia’s Republican congressmen say the officials and their staff are safe after a gunman shot a top House Republican and several other people at a congressional baseball practice just outside of Washington.

Rep. Barry Loudermilk is the only Georgia official listed on Republicans’ congressional baseball roster this year. Loudermilk said on official social media accounts that he was on the field but is safe.

Loudermilk said “there were a lot of heroes here today” and called the shooting “a senseless act of evil.”

Representatives for Georgia’s eight other Republican House members told The Associated Press that the congressmen and their staff weren’t at the field. Georgia’s Republican senators also weren’t there.

The office of Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana confirmed that he was shot and is undergoing surgery.