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Wisconsin Congressman Grothman: Shooting could have been worse if Scalise had not been target

Posted: 7:32 AM, Jun 14, 2017
Updated: 2017-06-14 13:28:57Z
Grothman: Scalise shooting could have been worse
Grothman: Scalise shooting could have been worse
Grothman: Scalise shooting could have been worse

One of Wisconsin's members of Congress believes the security required to protect Rep. Steve Scalise at a baseball field in Virginia may have been a key to stopping more bloodshed had others been the target instead of him.

Rep. Steve Scalise is expected to survive his injuries.

"Steve Scalise is the (majority) whip, a very important position, so he had security detail with him. If he was not there, it could have been much worse," Glenn Grothman, a fellow Republican who represents a large area of Southeastern Wisconsin, told 620 WTMJ's Mike Spaulding.

Grothman intimated that normally, security would not follow a member of Congress to such an event as a private baseball practice.

"I'm sure security will be tightened up, particularly with the way this has all happened, at 7:15 a.m. It was obviously very premeditated by somebody who may have inside information about where these Congressmen would be."

He described Scalise as a friend.

"He's one of the nicest, most well respected Congressman up here. I think the world of him. We're all so grateful he's doing fine."

Numerous members of Congress from Wisconsin shared their well wishes for Scalise, including Speaker of the House Paul Ryan:

Shared by Congresswoman Gwen Moore, who also represents much of Southeastern Wisconsin:

Senator Ron Johnson offered his thoughts:

Rep. Ron Kind gave his thoughts on Twitter:

Also shared by Mike Gallagher, who represents areas near Green Bay:

Additionally, Rep. Mark Pocan shared his communication on the shooting:

And from Rep. Ron Kind: