Virginia Shooting Appears To Have Targeted Republicans

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He will recover from this assault. "I know this House wants to state unequivocally that we are and ever awed by the tremendous bravery by the Capitol Police".

"I am praying for my friend Steve Scalise and the other victims of this senseless attack", he said.

Trump said he spoke with Capitol Police Chief Matthew R. Verderosa "to express our sympathies for his wounded officers and to express my admiration for their courage".

ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA -A gunman who has been identified as James T. Hodgkinson, 66, of IL, opened fire on Republican legislators Wednesday morning as they were holding a baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, according to FOX News.

Authorities have identified the shooter as James T. Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Illinois.

The shooting happened at a park where members of a congressional baseball team were practicing.

Flake said the suspect was a white man with dark hair, apparently in his 40s or 50s, wearing jeans and a blue shirt. They said that the victims were being taken to hospitals.

House Majority Leader Paul Ryan, R-Wis., encouraged members to pursue unity and thanked his Democrat colleagues for their support.

"He was hunting us at that point", said Rep. Mike Bishop of MI. "But there is one image in particular that this House should keep".

Awful news this morning.

The Louisiana Representative, other members of Congress, and staff were present.

"It's pretty well known in the neighborhood who those folks are on the baseball field", Brooks said.

Lawmakers were stunned in the aftermath of the event, which raised questions about the security of members of Congress.

"We are deeply saddened by this tragedy". At times, our emotions can clearly get the best of us. But we do not shed our humanity when we enter this chamber. An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us'. Scalise said he was grateful for the actions of the Capitol Police.

"I am sickened by this despicable act", Sanders said on the Senate floor.

"These guys were real heroes and I think without them everybody probably would have been killed", Paul said.

"I believe that there's such a hatefulness in what we see in American politics and policy discussions right now".

"Ninety-three individuals a day", McAuliffe said.

Texas Rep Mike Conaway, who was at the game, described what sounded like an explosion, then lawmakers scattering off the field as police roamed in search of the gunman and engaged him.

In a dramatic blow-by-blow account, Representative Mo Brooks of Alabama told CNN the gunman was armed with a rifle and appeared to be a white male.

Trump asked citizens to seek unity.

Trump, who has been in office since January, also called for unity at a time of sharp political divides in America, saying, "We are strongest when we are unified and when we work together for the common good".