Hollywood Condemns Alexandria Shooting as "Senseless"
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Sara Bareilles, George Takei and Julianne Moore were among those who took to Twitter after House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot.
Hollywood stars and media personalities quickly took to Twitter on Wednesday to share their thoughts and prayers for House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who was shot at a congressional baseball practice earlier that morning.
The rifle-wielding shooter, identified as Illinois man James T. Hodgkinson, had "a lot of ammo," according to Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, who was at the practice, and fought a gun battle with police before the gunman too was shot and later died after being taken into custody.
Scalise, who was fielding balls on second base when he was shot, dragged himself off the infield, leaving a trail of blood as colleagues rushed to his aid. He was in stable condition and taken into surgery.
The gunman wounded several others, with five people being taken to area hospitals, Alexandria police said. The event left lawmakers shocked and horrified as the House canceled proceedings for the day.
The practice was for a charity congressional baseball match that pits Republicans against Democrats.
On social media, while some merely expressed their sorrow and sympathy for Scalise and others injured, others used the incident to speak out against gun violence.
Julianne Moore, Uzo Aduba, George Takei, Sara Bareilles, Jeffrey Wright and Megan Ellison were among those condemning the "senseless," "heinous" act.
Read on to see what Hollywood is saying about the incident on Twitter.
Please keep congressman Scalise in thoughts and prayers. And of course his family. https://t.co/W4vdKAgwpl— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) June 14, 2017
You don't have to like the policies or history of Steve Scalise to feel horror at this destructive violence. Prayers to him & all affected.— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) June 14, 2017
Sending prayers to Steve Scalise, the congressional aide, & capitol officers shot today in VA. A completely unnecessary act of violence.— Uzo Aduba (@UzoAduba) June 14, 2017
Prayers and thoughts in Alexandria, with Steve Scalise and his family, and all affected. Horrible.— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) June 14, 2017
Praying for Rep. Steve Scalise, others shot in Virginia this morning. Shooter has died from his injuries. https://t.co/WggFxDzEng— Travis Tritt (@Travistritt) June 14, 2017
The shooting in Alexandria this AM was a senseless horrific act. My thoughts are with Rep. Scalise, the Capitol Police & all those impacted.— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) June 14, 2017
Shooting of Cong. by left-wing extremist as condemnable as slaughtering of heroes in OR by right-wing extremist. American on American hate.— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) June 14, 2017
Shocked by the shooting in DC. Gun violence is heinous, political agreement or not. Praying for the victims and their families.— Sara Bareilles (@SaraBareilles) June 14, 2017
People blaming the Virginia shooting on Shakespeare (but not easy gun access) have got to be the most ridiculous people on earth.— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) June 14, 2017
Our hearts go out to Rep @SteveScalise and the other victims of this shooting.— Jeanine Pirro (@JudgeJeanine) June 14, 2017
No good, America. No good. Speedy recovery to Rep. Scalise. https://t.co/0XaYuXiAys— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) June 14, 2017
And all others harmed. https://t.co/3ZpvcyROvO— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) June 14, 2017
Too many stupid asses in our country with too many f—ing guns.— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) June 14, 2017
God what is happening in this country? https://t.co/4wU8N2Y9zH— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) June 14, 2017
This shooting is such a frightening encapsulation of the fragility of our deeply divided country. I pray for leadership & to see some light.— Megan Ellison (@meganeellison) June 14, 2017
#Alexandria ... violence is absolutely not the way...said it before & will keep saying it. This was abhorrent. Violence is not the way.— Javier Muñoz (@JMunozActor) June 14, 2017
The targeting of members of Congress, regardless of party, is an assault on our democracy. A terrible day.— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) June 14, 2017