Gunman who shot top GOP congressman had history of arrests

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House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was among several people shot, and "was critically injured and remains in critical condition", MedStar Washington tweeted Wednesday afternoon.

Scalise was fielding balls on second base when he was shot, according to lawmakers present, then dragged himself into the outfield to get away from the gunman.

'All of a sudden we heard a very loud shot. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of Congress, their staffs, Capitol Police, first responders, and all others affected". Barton said his son, Jack, got under an SUV. He ran a Facebook group called Terminate the Republicans.

Sen. Bernie Sanders on Wednesday repudiated any and all associations the gunman in the Alexandria baseball field shooting claimed to have had with his 2016 presidential campaign.

"You've got to be kidding me", Orear said when told by phone.

At the time of the shooting, the congressmen were practicing for the congressional baseball game, an annual bipartisan event that raises money for charity.

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House Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi both gave speeches of unity to applause on the floor of the House of Representatives. "What we just saw here is one of the bad side effects of someone not exercising those rights properly".

"We are strongest when we are unified and we work together for the common good", Trump said.

Security measures have been stepped up around the Capitol in response to the shooting.

"Our fearless Capitol police perform a challenging job with incredible skill, and their sacrifice makes democracy possible", Trump said.

The man who opened fire on politicians and police officers in the U.S. has died from his injuries, Donald Trump has said.

Hodgkinson, 66, owned a home inspection business in Belleville, Illinois.

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Five people were shot in Alexandria, Virginia Wednesday morning.

Two Capitol Police officers, Krystal Griner and David Bailey, who were there protecting Scalise, were also injured in Wednesday's shooting. T. Hodgkinson. The official was not authorized to discuss an investigation by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is now conducting urgent traces on two firearms - a rifle and a handgun - from the scene.

Court records examined by NBC News show that he had a history of arrests and was charged in 2006 with assaulting his girlfriend. Scalise was later said to be stable and undergoing surgery.

However, it's "too early to tell" if Republican members of congress were targeted by the gunman, FBI agent Tim Slater, who is in charge of the bureau's Washington field office, said at a press conference.

Hodgkinson, a Belleville, Illinois resident, was killed when police returned fire this morning.

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