Who was James T. Hodgkinson?

Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., said he was walking down the third-base line toward home plate as practice was winding down.

The incident took place on Wednesday as the members of the Republican party were practicing for a charity baseball game.

Bost said his office has received 10 calls from the man, who was identified as James Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville.

The president was accompanied by White House doctor Ronny Jackson. There was notable online harassment from so-called "Bernie Bros", and Trump himself got Secret Service attention when he said this at a rally about Hillary Clinton: "If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks".

Hodgkinson was then taken down by one of Mr Scalise's security detail just after 7am on Wednesday (9pm Wednesday AEST) and later died in hospital. He said he did so to ensure that she would not find out about the shooting through the media.

Across the Potomac River in Washington, the shocking events left the Capitol horrified and stunned, and prompted immediate reflection on the current hostility and vitriol in American politics.

He also belonged to many Facebook groups with names like "Terminate the Republican Party" and "Donald Trump is not my President".

In a statement to the House, which convened shortly after noon, Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin declared that "we are united". "We are not one caucus or the other in this House today, we speak for each other in saying that we send out thoughts and our prayers to our colleague Steve Scalise". On Thursday House proceedings were to resume as usual, and lawmakers were returning to the Capitol in search of some semblance of normalcy.

Sanders, in a statement on the Senate floor, said he was "sickened" by the shooting, which was carried out by "someone who apparently volunteered on my presidential campaign".

Scalise, 51, the No. 3 House Republican leader first elected to the House in 2008, was in stable condition and undergoing surgery. He's the House majority whip. A former congressional aide was hospitalized.

Law enforcement officers investigate the scene of a shooting near a baseball field in Alexandria. They were in good spirits despite the heat and humidity as they prepared for the congressional baseball match that pits Republicans against Democrats.

The violence came one day before Republican and Democratic teams were scheduled to play in their annual interparty contest at Nationals Park, a 108-year-old tradition that supports D.C. -area charities and suspends political rancor. Orear said he had no idea that Hodgkinson would be involved in something like a shooting. Democratic former Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille said he had spoken often with the man on recent mornings at the nearby YMCA.

Hodgkinson maintained two Facebook pages, which he posted to as recently as Monday, and both used images of Sanders as a profile picture or cover image. "We try to make sure people are reasonable when doing this".

Scalise was fielding balls at second base when he was shot, according to lawmakers present.

Rep. Mo Brooks, an Alabama Republican, said his colleague "crawled into the outfield, leaving a trail of blood".

The gunman had a rifle and "a lot of ammo", said Sen. "The FBI has issued a seeking information poster that's located on our website, asking the public to come forward with information on the shooter", FBI Special Agent in Charge Tim Slater said in a press conference Wednesday evening. "The security detail saved a lot of lives because they attacked the shooter".

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