Perry postpones town hall after shooting

The York Dispatch

Rep. Scott Perry is postponing the town hall meeting he had planned for Saturday in the wake of Wednesday's shooting at a congressional baseball practice.

"In light of Wednesday's attack, continued security concerns, extensive and myriad discussions with law enforcement and other officials, I've decided to postpone our town hall meeting on Saturday," the Dillsburg Republican said in an emailed statement.

Perry had been scheduled to hold a town hall meeting Saturday morning at Cumberland Valley High School in Mechanicsburg. He did not say when the meeting will be rescheduled.

On Wednesday morning, James T. Hodgkinson shot House Majority Whip Steve Scalise before Hodgkinson was fatally shot by police who had been guarding the House majority whip on the Alexandria, Virginia, baseball field, officials said. Four others were wounded, including two police officers.

Perry was not at the field during the attack, he said Wednesday.

The meeting would have been Perry's second live open meeting with constituents this year. Those who planned to attend had to RSVP ahead of time, and they had been asked to give their ZIP codes to ensure they lived in the district. They would have had to show ID at the door to get into the meeting.

The shooting prompted talk of improving security for lawmakers, most of whom are unaccompanied by officers in their normal day-to-day pursuits. Some have suggested using federal money to provide security cameras in their offices, while others spoke of a need for protection when groups of legislators appear in public.

Scalise, R-La., was fielding ground balls at second base Wednesday when he was shot at a practice for an annual Republicans-Democrats baseball game. The House's No. 3 GOP leader went through his third surgery late Thursday, and a person close to the lawmaker said he remained in critical condition.

Also hurt but released from hospitals were two Capitol Police officers, David Bailey and Crystal Griner, and House GOP aide Zack Barth. Lobbyist Matt Mika was shot multiple times and critically injured and remains hospitalized.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, R-Dillsburg, talks about having a "meaningful Memorial Day" during the annual York County Memorial Day at Veterans Memorial Park, Sunday, May 29, 2017.  John A. Pavoncello photo