Rep. Paulsen talks shooting of housemate Rep. Scalise

Rep. Erik Paulsen describes his visit to the hospital to see his housemate.

MINNEAPOLIS - Minnesota Congressman Erik Paulsen was supposed to be at baseball practice Wednesday morning.

Instead, he went to The White House for a constituent tour.

"Then I started receiving text messages from my family and friends asking if I were okay and asking what had happened," said Paulsen.

On Wednesday, a gunman opened fire on the Republican congressional baseball team practicing on a suburban Virginia field, wounding Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise and shooting four other people. Paulsen says he visited the hospital but wasn't able to speak with Scalise, who was just exiting the second surgery. 

Paulsen and the congressman from Louisiana have been housemates for eight years. 

"He's very family friendly, warm -- very Minnesotan in some accepts, which is why he's risen to leadership," Paulsen said describing his friend.

"Speaker Ryan and Speaker Pelosi were right, an attack on one of us is an attack on all of us," Paulsen added.

Paulsen still plans to suit up and play in the charity game which is scheduled for Thursday.

"Steve would want it that way," Paulsen said.

Other Minnesota members of Congress were quick to react with messages of prayer on social media. 


























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