Gunman dead after shooting US politician

A government official says the suspect in the shooting has been identified as an IL man named James.

Trump added, "Our thoughts and prayers are with him".

Officials believe Hodgkinson was targeting members of Congress. Media outlets are reporting that law enforcement is examining his supposed anti-Trump posts online.

He was charged in April 2006 with battery and aiding damage to a motor vehicle but the charges were later dismissed, records show. He hit Steve Scalise", Barton said, "Scalise's security detail and the Capitol Hill police immediately returned fire, and Alexandria Police also immediately came and began to return fire. Pres. Trump said in a press conference that he has died after being shot by Capitol police.

Paul told the network that Capitol Police officers saved many lives. He is grateful for the courageous actions of U.S. Capitol Police, first responders and colleagues. "Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms", Sanders said.

The White House said Trump will speak from the Diplomatic Room at 11:30 a.m.

U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-Naperville: "Thinking of Steve Scalise and my colleagues, their staff, and Capitol Police this morning and wishing everyone a speedy recovery". He was first elected to the House in 2008 after serving in the state legislature. Ryan said those injured are expected to recover.

Police were first called at 7:09 a.m. about gunfire at the Eugene Simpson Stadium Park.

"Authorities are continuing to investigate the crime", said Trump, calling for unity after the shooting.

Brooks said the gunman then seemed to pursue individuals on the baseball field before being shot by an armed Capitol Police officer, who himself may have been wounded.

Scalise's office said the 51-year-old was in stable condition at a Washington hospital after being shot in the hip.

Before surgery, Scalise was "in good spirits and spoke to his wife by phone".

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) told CNN that Scalise was at second base when the shooting started. Congressman Williams was not shot, however a member of his staff was shot and is receiving medical attention.

Scalise was shot at a congressional baseball practice just outside of Washington.

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), who was also practicing for the game at the Alexandria baseball field, recounted the shooting in interviews afterward.

"I was looking right at him (Scalise)", Rep. Mike Bishop, R-Michigan, told Detroit radio station WWJ. "My thoughts and prayers are with my colleagues, their aides, and the courageous Capitol Police who were injured". Jeff Flake said he and Rep. Brad Wenstrup, who is a physician, went out to where Scalise was lying to apply pressure to the wound. At least one person was shot in the chest.

The practice was for a bipartisan game scheduled for Thursday.

Following the Giffords shooting, lawmakers have held fewer open town halls and have been advised to increase security at such events.

  • Leroy Wright