Congressman Dan Kildee says unity is main priority after Virginia shooting

The charity baseball game against congressional Democrats will go ahead as planned Thursday night, Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., said Wednesday.

Before Trump's remarks from the White House, the United States authorities said the gunman had been identified as 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson from Illinois, Xinhua news agency reported. He had been living out of his van in the Alexandria area in recent months, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.

U.S. Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa said late Wednesday afternoon that the agency will continue to deploy "a robust and visible presence across the Capitol Complex, and monitor national and world events to provide the level of security required to protect the U.S. Capitol and Members of Congress". Members walked over to those Republican lawmakers who witnessed the attack and checked in on them.

The FBI said the 66-year-old shooter had been living in a van since leaving IL. When his daughter's friend threatened to call the police, he "punched her in the face".

Trump later visited the hospital where Scalise was recovering. But the 2017 matchup will take on an added significance after the shooting at the Virginia practice field that left the alleged assailant dead and five injured, including Rep. Scalise of Louisiana.

Trump called for national unity in the wake of the shooting, as did House Speaker Paul Ryan and Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Bernie Sanders, Ind. -Vt., told the Senate he learned the attacker "apparently volunteered on my presidential campaign".

The staunch conservative is among the lawmakers leading the drive to repeal former president Barack Obama's signature health care law, among other top Republican priorities. Sanders said he denounced the violence "in the strongest possible terms".

And they erupted in cheers at one particular announcement: We're still playing baseball tomorrow.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of Congress, their staffs, Capitol Police, first responders, and all others affected". "Are you friendly?" It turned out that he was a Capitol police officer; he was friendly.

The shooting occurred around 7 a.m. ET in the Del Ray area of Alexandria, just south of Washington, D.C., and about 8 miles from Capitol Hill. They were in good spirits despite the heat and humidity as they prepared for the annual congressional baseball match that pits Republicans against Democrats.

The annual Congressional baseball game will go on as planned Thursday night at Nationals Park in the US capital. "This shooting is an attack on all who serve and on all who participate in our democracy". "Long before we ever served in the House, ' he said before walking away".

"I went in and I landed on a congressman, who I don't know who it was, and that probably saved my fall from breaking something", he said.

"I heard a gunshot and I yelled to Trent, 'That was a gun!' And Trent looks over, he says, 'It's a shooter, '" Palmer said. And having no self-defense, the field was basically a killing field.

An acquaintance of the man who shot at a Republican baseball practice on Wednesday morning said he was "shocked" to hear about the incident.

Paul said Scalise's security detail exchanged fire with the active shooter.

The senator noted that at first they weren't sure who opened fire from behind the group as they tried to take cover. "He is an example of bipartisanship in himself", said Barton, growing emotional as he talked about his son. The man thanked him. Many have credited the U.S. Capitol Police for effectively engaging with the gunman, using their pistols against his rifle - a decidedly uneven matchup across a wide open space.

"Everyone on that field is a public servant - our courageous police, our congressional aides who work so tirelessly behind the scenes with enormous devotion, and our dedicated members of Congress who represent our people", Trump said.

He underwent surgery but would need further operations, the MedStar Washington Hospital Center said.

Members of Congress practice for months for the event, and typically don the jerseys of a team from back home. "Steve Scalise is in leadership and that's the only reason there was security detail there at all". The last time a lawmaker was shot was when Democratic Rep.

In 2011, Giffords was shot in the head during an event outside of a grocery store in Tucson, Arizona.

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