The shooter, who was killed after his gun rampage in the USA state of Virginia, has been identified as James Hodgkinson, 66, of IL, who had posted a number of abusive anti-Trump rants on social media. Hodgkinson was shot by Capitol Police and died from his injuries.
St. Clair County Sheriff's Office in IL has been contacted for information about Hodgkinson by authorities investigating the shooting in Alexandria, an official with the sheriff's office told ABC News.
Federal law enforcement sources have identified to CNN the alleged shooter as James Hodgkinson, 66, of IL.
As The Washington Post reports, Hodgkinson was a licensed home inspector in IL, according to public records, but his license lapsed last November.
According to online police records, he was charged in 2006 with battery and aiding damage to a motor vehicle. A security detail of Capitol Hill police assigned to Scalise exchanged fire with the gunman, who was then taken into custody. Two Capitol Police officers sustained relatively minor injuries.
Trump also thanked the first responders from Alexandria police and fire rescue.
Other law enforcement officials with knowledge of the investigation told NBC News that at this point there's no indication that the shooter has ties to worldwide terrorism. "We've got to stop the violence", he said. The presence of those officers, Crystal Griner and David Bailey, likely saved lives. An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us'.
"Had Steve not been there, I think you would have seen many more injured and probably many killed", Mr DeSantis said.
He is an avid baseball fan and has played on the congressional baseball team since he entered Congress in 2008.
"The guy's down to a handgun, he dropped his rifle, they shoot him, I go over there, they put him in handcuffs", Conaway said, adding that if the shooter had "gotten inside the fence, where a bunch of guys were holed up in the dugout, it would have been like shooting fish in a barrel". The president is expected to speak live at 10:30 a.m.
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President Donald Trump also addressed the shooting.
"Prior to entering surgery, the Whip was in good spirits and spoke to his wife by phone", the statement said.
"Please keep the member of my staff and all members of the congressional baseball team in your thoughts and prayers", Williams wrote on Twitter.
A gunman opened fire at a Republican baseball practice early Wednesday morning, shooting several attendees.
Mr Scalise, the House Majority Whip, one of Washington's most powerful figures, was standing near second base when he was shot by Hodgkinson standing near third base, according to witnesses.
Republican lawmakers were practicing for Thursday's annual charity congressional baseball game.
U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., called the shooting "shocking".
GOP Representative Jeff Duncan of SC told reporters that he informed Alexandria police about a brief encounter he had in the parking lot with a man he believed to be the suspected shooter.
"Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, a true friend and patriot, was badly injured but will fully recover".
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