Former President Barack Obama reached out across the aisle to Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) after the shooting at the GOP congressional baseball practice, the senator said Wednesday.
Flake said Obama sent his "best wishes and prayers" for the victims, according to Politico. Flake was one of the GOP members practicing in Alexandria, Va., Wednesday morning when a gunman opened fire, injuring five, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.).
"He went through this a couple of times," Flake told reporters. Obama reportedly travelled to Arizona with Flake in 2011 after the shooting that left then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) severely wounded and killed six others.
"This is particularly raw for those of us in Arizona," Flake said, adding that Obama asked him to tell Scalise that he was thinking of the congressman.