Members of Congress with Bay Area ties on Wednesday issued thoughts and prayers for House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and four other people shot during a Republican congressional baseball practice in Virgina.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called the attack "despicable and cowardly," offered her prayers to those injured and praised members of the Capitol Police.
"We are profoundly grateful for the heroism of the Capitol Police, whose bravery under fire undoubtedly saved countless lives," Pelosi said in a statement. "On days like today, there are no Democrats or Republicans, only Americans united in our hopes and prayers for the wounded."
[NATL] Shooting at GOP Congressional Baseball Practice in Va.
Rep. Eric Swalwell, who represents East Bay communities and is named on the opposing Democratic baseball team, took to Twitter asking for prayers.
"Pray for my GOP colleagues, staff, & Capitol police who were shot at their baseball practice. So sick to hear of this cowardly ambush."
Representing California's northern coast, Rep. Jared Huffman — another member of the Democratic lineup — added that the Democratic congressional baseball team was also practicing at a different facility when the news broke.
"We're safe & with police, everyone praying for GOP colleagues, staff & Cap police," Huffman wrote on Twitter.
Democratic team member Rep. Jimmy Panetta, who oversees areas including Santa Cruz and Monterey, also expressed concern for the victims and pushed people to unite.
"We stand together against this senseless attack," he tweeted.
Democrats and Republicans were gearing up for the Congressional Baseball Game, a bipartisan tradition, when the shooting occurred. That contest is scheduled for Thursday.
Stay tuned for more information on this developing story.