Shooting reflects pox that is current United States political climate, Garret Graves says

Sanders tweeted, "Just been informed that alleged shooter at Republican baseball practice apparently volunteered on my Presidential campaign".

The 66-year-old Hodgkinson, who was killed by Capitol police during the incident, owned a home inspection business, but he indicated on Facebook that he ended his involvement with the company at the end of last year.

GJELTEN: And we should keep in mind that he died in an exchange of gunfire with police, which would've suggested he was essentially suicidal when it came to the end.

After getting out of a black SUV that drove down Rolling Hills Lane from the Hodgkinson home, Sue Hodgkinson stood next to a federal agent in front of a gaggle of reporters.

He owned a home inspection business that closed a year ago.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is now conducting urgent traces on two firearms - a rifle and a handgun - from the scene. Trump has destroyed our democracy. "It's Time to Destroy Trump & Co.", one of the pages posted in March. His Facebook cover photo features Sanders and he was part of many progressive groups as well as anti-Trump pages.

Meanwhile, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs strongly condemned the "senseless shooting" of Scalise, the Republican House whip from Virginia, and four others in the Wednesday morning attack.

The FBI said it had recovered and was attempting to trace two weapons, a rifle and a handgun, and was actively investigating Hodgkinson's "associates, whereabouts, social media impressions, and potential motivations".

In a national address, Trump appealed for unity following the morning assault in the Washington suburb of Alexandria, Virginia, which came amid high political tension in the USA capital after a vitriol-filled 2016 election.

"He never expressed himself, at least to me politically", the former mayor said.

The suspect was apprehended, and the five people wounded were taken to area hospitals. Davis was at practice, but was not wounded.

The Congressional Baseball Game was scheduled to go forward at Nationals Park with additional security. According to a source, when Democratic members of Congress practicing at a different ballfield miles away heard of the shooting, they immediately stopped and said a prayer together, CBS News senior investigative producer Pat Milton reports.

All votes in the House of Representatives were cancelled for Wednesday.

Mr Scalise the number three House Republican leader, was first elected in 2008.

Capitol police who were on security duty returned fire, as did Alexandria police who rushed to the scene.

  • Leroy Wright