Gabby Giffords responds to shooting at GOP congressional baseball practice

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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. 

Multiple reports claim that Republican Whip Steve Scalise and two Capitol Police officers were shot and others wounded.

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:

 

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