Scalise shooter: Dead gunman ID'd as Trump-hating building inspector from IL

The gunman who shot a top GOP congressman and several other people Wednesday at a baseball practice outside the nation's capital had a long history of lashing out at Republicans and once frightened a neighbor by firing a rifle into a field behind his IL house.

Trump, who announced the gunman's death, called for unity.

Fox News can confirm that Hodgkinson apparently sent politically-charged letters to the editor of the Belleville News-Democrat, which published a few of them.

His appearance was shorter than his predecessor's post-shooting statements, and did not contain political overtures, as President Barack Obama's reactions often did.

"We had nothing but baseball bats to fight back against a rifle with", Brooks said.

In a statement, Texas Rep. Roger Williams, one of the team's coaches, said one of his staff members was shot during the incident and is receiving medical attention.

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The event, which raises money for charity, was scheduled to take place Thursday at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. But if members of Congress need additional security while in their home districts (or elsewhere), Capitol Police can coordinate with local police departments to provide that security. "Those aren't good odds", Brooks said.

A law enforcement official, who was not authorised to speak by name, said the shooting was being regarded as a criminal act and not an act of terrorism. "It's time to destroy Trump & Co", Hodgkinson wrote on his Facebook page on March 22.

"I was looking right at him", he told Detroit radio station WWJ. Wenstrup treated Scalise at the scene and told CNN he was concerned about the majority whip.

"Had Steve not been there, I think you would have seen many more injured and probably many killed", Mr DeSantis said.

Flake said two members of Scalise's security detail were wounded, and another man was wounded in the chest.

She said the shooting went on for "quite a while".

Gunman dead after wounding top Republican
Capitol Police Officer Crystal Griner, right, walks behind House Majority Whip Steve Scalise , middle, on November 15, 2016. The annual Congressional baseball game will go on as planned Thursday night at Nationals Park in the United States capital.

People in the video can be heard screaming at the shooter to put the gun down. The man calmly asked which party's lawmakers were practicing and Duncan told him they were the Republicans.

Also wounded were one current congressional staffer and one former staffer. Barth has since been released from the hospital, the family spokesperson said.

Definitely not all 535 members of Congress.

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.

- Capitol Hill police officers David Bailey and Crystal Griner were also among the wounded, according to House Republican leader Paul Ryan. Many pondered security changes that could be in store, but most acknowledged it was not feasible to give all 535 lawmakers on Capitol Hill a security detail. Gabby Giffords of Arizona was hit in the head and grievously injured while meeting with constituents at a supermarket parking lot in 2011.

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