Republican congressman Rodney Davis gave an emotional account of the shooting at a GOP House baseball practice early Wednesday that wounded five, including House GOP whip.
"I'm sure it made a significant difference", said Tim Slater, the FBI agent overseeing the investigation.
Davis said he was not going to "assess who takes responsibility" for the division, as "we are all responsible for the discourse that has happened in American government. We have the right to elect our leader and vote for them if we disagree". Reports of the incident say that the shooting injured several people, including at least one lawmaker, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), who serves as the House of Representatives' majority whip.
"It's the major issues that lead to political discourse that in my opinion, has led to such an uptick of hateful rhetoric of all sides and I stand here today saying, stop". But I'm here because we're all Americans. You would think when you turn on the 24-hour news cycle that no Republican like me ever talks to a Democrat.
"We have to come together as Americans, not as Republicans or Democrats, but come together and say this type of activity can not and will not stand", said Davis. I catch in the game and you can ask every single Democrat; I jaw with them, we have fun, it is a great opportunity. "Only we can change that", Davis said.
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Davis was at bat when he says he heard someone tell him there was a gunman and to run.
Security was also tightened at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, as the White House Pool reported an "uptick" in the police presence around the President's home, and in Lafayette Park, directly across the street from the White House.
"And a good Samaritan saw us running and said come in".
The officers were there before the shooting, as a part of Scalise's security detail.
While police have not yet released a motive for the attack, The Washington Post reported the identity of the shooter as James T. Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old Virginia man who, judging from what appears to be his Facebook account, is no fan of President Donald Trump.
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