The Latest: Congressman says member of his staff wounded

Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, center, and other members of the Republican Congressional softball team, stand behind police tape of the scene of a multiple shooting in Alexandria, Va., Wednesday, June 14, 2017, where House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La. was shot. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

The Associated Press

Iowa lawmakers reacted with alarm and prayer Wednesday after a shooting at a congressional Republican baseball practice in Washington, D.C., resulted in several people wounded, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana.

None of the lawmakers representing Iowa was at the practice.

Several took to Twitter or issued statements after the incident, offering prayers for those who were wounded and gratitude to Capitol Police who were on the scene.

"We’re praying for all who were there and those who are injured. And I want to thank the two Capitol Police officers who were wounded and the others who were there to stop the situation from being even worse than it was," Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said at the outset of a Judiciary Committee hearing.

In a statement, Rep. Dave Loebsack, the only Democrat in Iowa's delegation, said, "I was shocked and deeply saddened to hear the news of this morning's shootings. My thoughts and prayers go to Congressman Scalise, the injured staffers and law enforcement officers who were hurt by this senseless act of violence."

Reps. Rod Blum and David Young and Sen. Joni Ernst offered prayers on Twitter.

"Prayers for recovery of those injured today and for sanity in this fractured world," Young noted.

Law enforcement authorities are identifying the gunman as James T. Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Illinois.

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