« It has come to our attention that outside individuals or groups may attempt to exploit the tragedy that occurred last Sunday in Waukesha for their own political purposes, » the statement said. « As the U.S. Senators representing Wisconsin, one from each political party, we are asking anyone considering such action to cease and desist. »
An 11-year-old who was injured was on a ventilator and fighting for her life. Nearly a week later, her mother shared in a medical update.
The senators’ statement did not provide details about why they issued the warning, but said they both have « full confidence in the local officials who responded with extraordinary professionalism, competence, integrity and compassion. »
« They have many difficult duties to perform in the coming days, weeks, and months, and they should be afforded the respect and support they deserve to undertake their responsibilities without outside interference, » the senators’ statement said.
They added officials’ top priorities now are to « begin the healing process » and conduct a « thorough investigation and afford the accused full due process. »
« These will not be easy tasks, and will be made even more difficult if conducted within a politically charged atmosphere, » the statement said. « We ask everyone to demonstrate their interest and concern by praying for the victims, their families, and the entire community of Waukesha. »
CNN’s Melissa Alonso contributed to this report.