Poe Statement on the Attack at the Congressional Baseball Practice

"This morning, James T. Hodgkinson of Illinois opened fire at the Republican team’s practice for the congressional baseball game, a nearly 100 year old bipartisan charity event that raises hundreds of thousands of dollars. This attack was deliberate, and Republican Members of Congress and their staffs were the targets. Five people were wounded, including Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana, Zachary Barth with Rep. Roger Williams (TX-25), Matt Mika, Special Agent David Bailey, and Special Agent Crystal Greiner. If it wasn’t for the Capitol Police Officers who were at the baseball practice as part of Whip Scalise’s security detail, many lives could have been lost today. Those officers are heroes. I commend the Capitol Police Department, Alexandria Police Department, and first responders who helped treat the wounded, and I am grateful for their service. I continue to pray for the swift recovery of those wounded this morning.

No Member of Congress will be deterred from their service to this nation because of this morning’s attack. We need to put the hostile and inflammatory rhetoric aside and debate issues in a civil manner. We all stand united in shock and horror, but we are united to continue our service to this nation that we all love."