Former Democratic Rep. Gabby Giffords tweeted out a special message to her former colleagues Wednesday morning, in reponse to the shooting at a GOP congressional baseball practice.
As Republican congressmen were practicing early Wednesday morning for a charity game, a shooter opened fire, hitting Republican Whip Steve Scalise.
Giffords can relate to the horrifying experience well, as she was shot in the head in 2011 when a man opened fire, hitting her and 18 others at a political event in Tucson, Arizona. Giffords was severely injured and later resigned from Congress.
“My heart is with my former colleagues, their families & staff, and the US Capitol Police- public servants and heroes today and every day,” Giffords tweeted.
My heart is with my former colleagues, their families & staff, and the US Capitol Police- public servants and heroes today and every day.
— Gabrielle Giffords (@GabbyGiffords) June 14, 2017
A video has emerged of Scalise being treated at the scene and taken away by paramedics on a stretcher, before being taken by helicopter to the hospital.
In an interview afterward, Sen. Rand Paul said it could have been a massacre if Capitol Hill Police had not been there – and they were only there before “a member of leadership” was on the team – which was House Minority Whip Steve Scalise.
Unfortunately, Scalise was the one who was shot, but Paul said by him being there, “he probably saved everybody else’s lives.”
In a flashback moment, a video has surfaced of the time when Scalise paid tribute to Giffords when she was shot in 2011:
— CSPAN (@cspan) June 14, 2017
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