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Connecticut delegation checks in following VA shooting

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Sen. Chris Murphy donned a Hartford Yard Goats jersey for last year's Congressional baseball game. (Hartford Yard Goats Facebook) Sen. Chris Murphy donned a Hartford Yard Goats jersey for last year's Congressional baseball game. (Hartford Yard Goats Facebook)

Members of Connecticut's Congressional delegation began checking in over social media and email following a reported shooting in Virginia.

Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, Democrats, both said they were not present at the Congressional baseball practice in Alexandria.

“My heart goes out to Congressman Scalise, his staff, and the security officials involved in this horrific shooting," Blumenthal said. "I am especially grateful this morning for the swift action of the Capitol Police, who unhesitatingly disregarded danger to themselves in protecting others. I am hopeful we can put aside politics and support all affected.”

The practice was for the Republican team.

Murphy, the only Connecticut member of the Democratic team, simply tweeted "O.M.G." following hearing the news.

He and his fellow Democrats were practicing on a different field at the time of the shooting.

He said both sides were practicing for a charity game scheduled for Thursday. There's no word on whether or not the game will go on.

Murphy told WFSB's Dennis House that he is "shocked but the news and pulling for [my] injured Capitol colleagues."

“My heart sank when I heard what happened this morning in Alexandria," Murphy said. "We are all pulling for Congressman [Steve] Scalise, the staff, and the Capitol Police officers who were injured this morning. My heart goes out to all of them, and to everyone involved. I’m so grateful for Capitol Police’s quick response. The congressional baseball game, where Republicans and Democrats get together to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity, is a wonderful event. I look forward to being part of the game every year. For this unhinged individual to have targeted an event that is all about fellowship and comradery makes it all the more tragic.” 

According to reports, a gunman opened fire and struck multiple people, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.

Police said the suspect is believed to be in custody, but people should stay away from the area.

Representatives from both Blumenthal and Murphy checked in and told Eyewitness News that they were nowhere near the practice, though Murphy confirmed he's a member of the Democratic team.

Both of them remain in Washington D.C.

Democratic Reps. Joe Courtney, Jim Himes, John Larson, Rosa DeLauro and Elizabeth Esty also reported that they were safe.

Congressman John Larson released a statement on Wednesday saying "We stand in solidarity with our Republican colleagues, and commend Speaker Ryan for convening the House along with Leader Pelosi, to unify the body after this senseless violence. My prayers are with my colleagues, their staff, and the brave men and women of the Capitol Police and Alexandria Police who answered the selfless call to defend and save the lives of my colleagues. My thoughts are with the injured for a speedy recovery, and with their families. We will continue to condemn senseless acts of violence of any kind."

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro said "My heart is with everyone at this morning’s Congressional baseball practice, including Congressman Scalise, the staff, Capitol Police, and others. Today, Democrats and Republicans stand together with the victims of this horrific attack and I pray that all of the victims have a full and fast recovery.”

The Sandy Hook Promise also posted a statement on its Facebook page, saying "Today America’s national pastime sadly meets America’s national epidemic.The horrific shootings in Alexandria and in San Francisco show that more conversations are needed every day about preventing gun violence in our country. This is not about more guns, which we know would not have prevented this event in spite of the presence of Congressman Scalise’s armed detail. This is about prevention and education, about knowing the signs of someone who might commit an act of violence and how to stop it from happening in the first place. Our hearts go out to all of the victims and their loved ones."

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