How the congressional shooting unfolded

The FBI is "exploring all angles" in the case, Special Agent in Charge Tim Slater said, responding to a question about whether the attack was an act of terrorism. "Prior to entering surgery, the Whip was in good spirits and spoke to his wife by phone", Scalise's office said in a statement.

"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". "It's something I loved to do".

Here's how witnesses - from members of Congress to a passerby - describe the attack, in conversations with Morning Edition and with NPR's Jessica Taylor, who spent the day reporting from the scene of the attack. He is starting to cut through the trousers leg of Steve Scalise to get to the wound that is in his hip, hands me the cloth that was being used as compression and I then applied compression. They attended to a wounded staff member who had been shot in the leg, he said, and then laid back down in the dugout. Two others are law enforcement officers.

In the wake of the shooting, the House of Representatives canceled legislative business for the day, and security was increased around the White House. Lawmakers called for a new dialogue on lowering the partisan temperature, and Trump urged Americans to come together as he assumed the role of national unifier for one of the first times in his presidency.

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"There were no cameras or reporters around".

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The FBI said Hodgkinson had been living out of his vehicle in the Alexandria area since March, and urged the public to come forward with any additional information about the suspect - including why the IL suspect might have been in the D.C. area.

Rep. Mike Doyle, a Pennsylvania Democrat, echoed Jenkins' words at a Wednesday press conference. Giffords resigned from Congress and became an activist for gun restrictions. The last time I was there, I threw my backpack on top of a pile of equipment that was piled up in front of it. "And they made the situation a whole lot better when it could have been a whole lot worse". "We hope to answer motive, and why he was here, and why he did what he did", said Slater. When I say risking themselves, I mean, they're shooting 90-100 feet away. "But then something like this happens".

"Authorities are continuing to investigate the crime", said Trump, calling for unity after the shooting.

On Facebook, the Congressional baseball practice shooter, James T. Hodgkinson, "liked" a political cartoon that featured Scalise as a member of the KKK. "But everybody has families, and it's not easy on them to have you not be home".

"And we all laid flat, and the pops got louder - so I think the shooter was coming across the baseball field towards everyone".

"He wasn't evil", an acquaintance of Hodgkinson's, Dale Walsh, said Wednesday.

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Jenkins, who sleeps in his Capitol Hill office, was in a bathroom shaving next to House Speaker Paul Ryan when he learned from Ryan what had occurred.

The gunman had a rifle and "a lot of ammo", said Sen.

U.S. Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa said late Wednesday afternoon that the agency will continue to deploy "a robust and visible presence across the Capitol Complex, and monitor national and world events to provide the level of security required to protect the U.S. Capitol and Members of Congress". "He was a sitting duck". "The results would have been horrific", Jenkins said.

"House Democrats praying for our House GOP [and] Senate GOP baseball colleagues after hearing about the horrific shooting", Rep. Ruben J. Kihuen, D-Nev., wrote on Twitter.

"I'm not going to let the fear of another tragedy stand in the way of my meeting with Hoosiers", Rep. Trey Hollingsworth, a Republican from in, told reporters.

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