Nebraska Delegation Safe, Shooting Probe Widens

Omaha, Ne—”We’ll have to let the dust settle and go from there,” Nebraska Congressman Don Bacon said today just hours after a shooting that left a Louisiana Congressman and others wounded.

The shooting occurred at an early morning Virginia softball practice for Republican members of Congress, according to several national news reports.

Bacon and all four other members of the Nebraska delegation are safe and sound—were not at the practice and attended the weekly Nebraska Breakfast at the Capitol—as News Channel Nebraska reported earlier today.

The shooter is in custody, according to several wire reports. One witness tells ABC News, “I saw a white man with a rifle.”

Among those wounded is House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana who was shot in the hip.

Sen. Ben Sasse is safe and he was not at the practice when the shooting occurred.

“Senator Sasse often reads classified intelligence on national security operations in the morning. He was in the classified bunker this morning and learned more from law enforcement about the shooting at the practice then. Our prayers are with everyone there and the senator is especially grateful for the heroism of the Capitol Police who acted quickly and courageously,” said a spokesman for Sasse.

Nebraska Congressman Jeff Fortenberry took to Twitter shortly after 11 a.m. and was clearly jarred by the shooting. 

I’m shocked, I’m grieved, I’m numb about the shooting of my friend Steve Scalise,” said Fortenberry.

Bacon tells KFAB radio that Scalise campaigned for him last year and is a “good friend.”

Extra security precautions are being taken throughout the Washington D.C. area.  At this time international terrorism is not suspected.

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