Virginia shooter identified as man from Belleville, Illinois

James Hodgkinson Facebook post pushing his

They were in good spirits despite the heat and humidity as they prepared for the congressional baseball match that pits Republicans against Democrats.

A government official identified the shooter as an IL man named James.

Hodgkinson is suspected in a shooting that injured Rep. Steve Scalise and several others Wednesday morning.

Scalise was fielding balls on second base when he was shot, Flake said.

'All of a sudden we heard a very loud shot.

Kevin Brady, East Texas congressman for Texas 8th District, attended the practice this morning but left practice moments before the shooting began. My son, Jack, got under an SUV.

Police say the suspected shooter in the Virginia shooting of a GOP lawmaker is from IL. He ran a Facebook group called Terminate the Republicans.

"I have just been informed that the alleged shooter at the Republican baseball practice is someone who apparently volunteered on my presidential campaign". Sanders later condemned the shooting and said that he had been made aware that Hodgkinson had volunteered for his campaign. Republican lawmakers were practicing for Thursday's annual charity congressional baseball game.

President Trump said we shouldn't let our differences divide us.

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

The alleged shooter - identified by two federal law enforcement sources as James Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Ill. - is dead. President Donald Trump said the gunman had been killed.

Hodgkinson's apparent Facebook profile page is an image of Sanders as "Uncle Sam" and one recent post from June 12 carries this message from Hodgkinson: "I want to say Mr. President for being an Asshole, you are Truly the Biggest Ass Hole We Have Ever Had in the Oval Office".

Hodgkinson was among the five people who were shot. Among those wounded were House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, an aide to U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, a lobbyist and two Capitol Police officers. Officials say they're investigating Hodgkinson's whereabouts, associates, web postings and "potential motivations".

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

The FBI has taken control of the crime scene, which is located some 7 miles away from the White House in Washington, D.C.

Scalise was "badly wounded and is now in stable condition", Trump said Wednesday.

He shot the third-highest-ranking House Republican, whip Steve Scalise, and injured four others at the field just outside of Washington about 7am on Wednesday (9pm AEST).

The Illinois resident who was taken to hospital after he was gunned down following the attack died from his injuries while he was being rushed to hospital.

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