Trump Announces Death of Alexandria Gunman, Promises Support for Those Injured

The shooter is identified as James T. Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old man from IL.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said President Trump and Vice President Pence were aware of the incident.

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Five people were transported from the scene to the hospital. Soon after, as shots continued to be fired, there were calls to set up a perimeter. "The gunman was over by the third base dugout with a clear view of the field", Republican Jeff Flake told CNN. "We are grateful for their service and their dedication to this country", Trump said.

Expressions of sympathy and unity are being expressed online by Florida lawmakers in the wake of the deadly shooting in Alexandria, Virginia in which the House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was injured. The Alexandria Police said that they had the suspect in custody and that the shooter is "not a threat". The audio recording, with portions trimmed of dead air, runs for about 10 minutes.

Just prior to the shooting, the baseball field was occupied by a group of Congressmen and members of their staff practicing for a baseball game. Security has been increased at the U.S. Capitol and at the White House following the shooting, ABC News reported.

"Priot to entering surgery, the Whip was in good spirits and spoke to his wife by phone", the statement said.

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"I look up and there's a guy with a gun blasting away", he said.

President Donald Trump said he was "deeply saddened by this tragedy" and was monitoring developments.

The gunman shot Scalise, R-La., in the hip area, Brooks said.

Law enforcement officials identified James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill.as the man who opened fire on Republican lawmakers practicing for the charity baseball game in Alexandria, Va. That staff member is receiving medical attention, Williams said in a statement.

"Steve is in the leadership so he had protection from Capitol Police".

Trump said "many lives would have been lost without the heroic action" of the Capitol Police officers who took down the gunman. Brooks also told the Associated Press that numerous people, including two law enforcement officers, were hit by the gunman.

For most people, their first thought upon hearing of the shootings at a baseball practice for Congressional Republicans went something like this: Why are members of Congress on a baseball diamond at 7 am on a weekday?

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