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Congressman & Staff Safe After Attack On Elected Officials

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Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick and his staff were not in attendance Wednesday morning when a gunman opened fire during a Republican practice for the upcoming congressional baseball game.

A spokesman for the Middletown-based congressman confirmed the Fitzpatrick and no members of his staff were at the practice in Alexandria, Virginia.

According to CNN, Rep. Steve Scalise, a congressional staff and two U.S. Capitol Police officers were shot when a gunman opened fire at a public park. The exact motive for the shooting and details of the attacker were not immediately clear.

Wednesday’s shooting marks the second time in six years that a congress person has been shot. Then-Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords suffered near-fatal wounds during a public meeting with constituents outside an Arizona grocery store in 2011.

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Tom Sofield

Tom Sofield

Tom Sofield has covered news in Bucks County for five years for both newspaper and online publications. In 2012, Tom was honored at the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Foundation's Keystone Press Awards for his coverage of President Obama's visit to Falls Township in 2011. When he's not covering news in the area, Tom enjoys checking out the newest restaurants and bars, exploring forgotten places of industry in the area, going to local parks and spending time with his friends and family. If there's one thing you should know about Tom, he is a local news junkie through and through. Email: Phone: 215-431-1001