A gunman opened fire at a baseball practice for the Republican congressional team Wednesday. At least one Congressman, House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., was shot and 5 other people are reported injured.
Since Congress was established in 1789, 17 of its members have been shot while in office. The majority of victims were Democrats and only one was a woman. The 16 other members include:
Gabrielle Giffords — Jan. 8, 2011
Sen. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., survived an assassination attempt at a constituency meeting in Tuscon that resulted in the deaths of six others. Giffords was shot in the head by Jared Loughner, which left her disabled. She's since resigned from Congress and has become a vocal gun control advocate.
My heart is with my former colleagues, their families & staff, and the US Capitol Police- public servants and heroes today and every day.— Gabrielle Giffords (@GabbyGiffords) June 14, 2017
Leo Ryan — Nov. 18, 1978
Rep. Leo Ryan, D-Calif., was killed while visiting Guyana to investigate the activities of the People’s Temple cult led by Jim Jones on the day of the Jonestown massacre. Ryan, three journalists and a cult defector died after being shot multiple times while boarding an airplane to leave Jonestown. One of the survivors who was shot that day, Jackie Speier, went on to fill Ryan’s seat in 2008.
John Stennis — Jan. 29, 1973
Sen. John Stennis, D-Mich., was mugged and shot twice outside his home in D.C.
Robert Kennedy — June 5, 1968
After a presidential campaign speech in Los Angeles, Sen. Robert Kennedy, D-N.Y., was shot at the Ambassador Hotel. He died 25 hours later.
United States Capitol Shooting Incident — March 1, 1954
Representatives Kenneth Roberts, D-Ala., Ben Jensen, R-Iowa, George Fallon, D-Md., Clifford Davis, D-Tenn., and Alvin Bentley, R-Mich., were shot by a group of Puerto Rican nationalists outside the Capitol Building.
Huey Long — Sept. 8, 1935
Sen. Huey Long, D-La., was shot and killed in the Louisiana State Capitol building. Recent evidence suggests Long was actually killed by a bodyguard’s bullet in the crossfire after Carl Weiss fired the initial shots.
John Pinckney — April 24, 1905
Rep. Pinckney, D-Texas, and his brother were shot and killed when a political event in his home state turned violent.
Thomas Haughey — July 31, 1869
After giving a speech in Alabama, Rep. Thomas Haughey, R-Ala., got into a physical altercation and was shot in the stomach. He died five days later.
James Hinds — Oct. 22, 1868
Rep. Hinds, R-Ark., was shot in the back and killed by George A. Clark, a member of the Klu Klux Klan and the secretary of the Democratic committee of the Monroe County.
David Broderick — Sept. 13, 1859
Sen. David Broderick, D-Calif., was shot during a duel with David Terry, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of California. He died three days later.
Jonathan Cilley — Feb. 24, 1838
Rep. Jonathan Cilley, D-Maine, was shot and killed by William Graves, a Kentucky Congressman, during a duel in Maryland.
Spencer Pettis — Aug. 28, 1831
The first member of Congress to be killed in office was Rep. Spencer Pettis, D-Miss., Pettis was fatally wounded during a duel with Thomas Biddle on Bloody Island in Illinois.
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