In first official visit in Kentucky after shooting Paul says security will likely change

06/19/2017 05:04 PM

SHEPHERDSVILLE — US Sen. Rand Paul’s appearance at Gordon Food Services in Shepherdsville on Monday marked the first time the Bowling Green Republican was publicly back in Kentucky since the shooting in Alexandria, Virginia last week at the GOP Congressional baseball practice.

Paul was taking batting practice when the first shots rang out hitting four people including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.

“It makes you a little more cautious,” Paul said after being on the field as shots rang out.

“I think there’s going to have to be some improvement in some security, not only in events like this that are random, but also for international terrorism,” he said. “

The Congressional Baseball game did go on as planned after the shooting in what Paul called a show of unity. Scalise has undergone multiple surgeries since the shooting, and representatives of MedStar Washington Hospital Center say he remains in serious condition.

Paul said he’s visited the victims of the shooting and said he has been in contact with several of those who were injured.

There has been lots of talk about the increase in murder and violence in Louisville this year, which is on track to surpass last year’s all-time high.

Gov. Matt Bevin recently called in part for groups to walk and pray in the west end, as a solution to the violence. Paul said he “absolutely” supports the call for prayer.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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