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Rep. Cori Bush's parked car hit by gunfire in Missouri, her office says

The Democratic congresswoman was not in her car in the St. Louis area at the time and was not injured, her office said.
Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., attends a news conference outside the Capitol on Dec. 10, 2021.
Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., at a news conference outside the U.S. Capitol on Dec. 10.Tom Williams / CQ-Roll Call via Getty Images file

Rep. Cori Bush's car was struck by gunfire while it was parked in the St. Louis area over the weekend, her office said Thursday.

Bush, D-Mo., wasn't in the car and wasn't injured in the incident Saturday morning, her office said, adding that it didn't believe Bush, a progressive congresswoman and longtime activist, was targeted intentionally.

In a statement, Bush, who is Missouri's first Black congresswoman, said the incident had left her shaken.

“Like far too many of us in St. Louis, experiencing gun violence is all too familiar," Bush said. "Thankfully no one was harmed. But any act of gun violence shakes your soul.

"No one should have to fear for their safety here in St. Louis, and that is exactly why our movement is working every day to invest in our communities, eradicate the root causes of gun violence, and keep every neighborhood safe,” she said.

The statement didn't specify exactly where the car was at the time, including whether it was in St. Louis proper. A spokesperson said the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department didn't have a record of an incident matching Bush's description in its jurisdiction.

It's not the first time Bush has reported having had her car shot at. She tweeted out pictures of her bullet-damaged car while she was running for office in June 2020.

"My car took the bullets. I am safe," she said then.

The latest incident comes a month after another Democratic congresswoman, Mary Gay Scanlon of Pennsylvania, was carjacked at gunpoint in a park in Philadelphia. Scanlon wasn't injured. Her car was recovered, and police arrested five suspects.