Congressional ballgame will go on despite shooting

The gunman, who had posted angry messages against President Donald Trump and other Republicans on social media, opened fire on a group of Republican lawmakers and colleagues at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, outside Washington. The man calmly asked which party's lawmakers were practicing and Duncan told him they were the Republicans.

Meanwhile, millions can try to read meaning into the now-viral identity of the deceased shooter: A 66-year-old married man from Belleville, Illinois, who owned a home-inspection business and was in the capital region for political protest.

"We both believe that that was the guy that has been identified as the shooter - the same guy that came up to our auto before we pulled out five, 10 minutes before the shooting this morning", DeSantis told MSNBC.

Trump, in a televised statement from the White House, condemned the "very, very brutal assault" and said the gunman had died after a shootout with police.

Four people were shot including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana who is still listed in critical condition.

Scalise is still in critical condition and will need more surgeries, the congressman's official Twitter account said.

The FBI said it was not now looking for other suspects, though Slater cautioned that he does not know where the investigation will lead.

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Lawmakers said, despite the bloodshed on Wednesday, the annual Congressional Baseball Game for Charity must go on. "How dare they say such a thing", Pelosi said.

"These are my friends who were out there playing", Sinema said.

Matt Mika, who works as a lobbyist for Tyson Foods, was shot June 14, 2017, in Alexandria, Va., when a gunman opened fire on a baseball field where congressmen where gathered. VIDEO: Neighbors record sounds of gun battle at congressional baseball practice "Everyone on that field is a public servant", Trump said, his tone somber, America's acrimonious politics set aside for the moment. Two Capitol Police officers assigned to Scalise's security detail were wounded. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of Congress, their staffs, Capitol Police, first responders, and all others affected", he said. He signed an online petition calling for the president to be impeached, posting it on Facebook with a chilling comment: "It's time to destroy Trump & co".

The FBI said it appeared Hodgkinson had arrived in the area in March and had been living out of a white van near the field. Rep. Mo Brooks, an Alabama Republican, said his colleague "crawled into the outfield, leaving a trail of blood".

"We continue to actively investigate the shooter's motives, acquaintances and whereabouts that led to today's incidents", special agent Tim Slater told reporters, adding that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had recovered and was attempting to trace two weapons, a rifle and a handgun. Congressmember John Conyers, we're going to break and then come back to our discussion, not only about what happened at the Alexandria ballfield, but also your introduction of a major lawsuit. He talked about seeing the shooter and protecting his son who was there during the practice. Hodgkinson took down Steve Scalise, the GOP Majority Whip, who had been fielding ground balls near second base.

Especially but not exclusively because the targeted victims were members of Congress playing ball early in the morning, reaction from the top echelons in Washington D.C.in their statements amounted to a consensus. Richmond played baseball in college and kicked off his congressional career with a one-hitter in 2011 and has been the game's dominant player pretty much since then.

The House on Thursday passed, by voice vote, a resolution expressing "gratitude for the heroic actions" of police officers at the scene of the shooting and "hope for a speedy and full recovery for the injured".

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