Scalise Speaks Out On Vegas Shootings

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Robert Donachie Capitol Hill and Health Care Reporter
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House Majority Whip Steve Scalise called Sunday evening’s Las Vegas shooting an “act of pure evil” Monday morning, and asked the nation to respond with “kindness, warmth and generosity.”

“I agree with the President that this was an act of pure evil. I pray for the victims of this murderous attack, and our whole nation grieves with their loved ones. We also thank the first responders and fellow citizens who did all they could to help those in harm’s way,” Scalise said.

“In this tragic moment, I encourage people across America to stand together in solidarity, and to support the Las Vegas community and all of those affected, especially by giving blood and encouraging others to do the same. In the face of unspeakable evil, our whole nation must respond with countless acts of kindness, warmth and generosity,” he added.

A gunman opened fire on a crowd of thousands gathered in Las Vegas for a country music festival Sunday evening, killing at least 58 people and injuring more than 500. The gunman was identified Monday morning as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nev. Police found Paddock dead in his hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel.

Scalise returned Thursday to his role as majority whip for the first time since he was shot in mid-June at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Va.

The majority whip underwent a handful of operations after the shooting and spent the better part of four months relearning how to walk.

Scalise was one of five victims injured during June’s shooting in which 66-year-old James Hodgkinson took aim at roughly two dozen GOP lawmakers.

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