Would-be gunman launched into Trump tirade before shooting

James T Hodgkinson, 66, wounded House Rep. Steve Scalise before he was fatally shot by police who had been guarding the House majority whip.

Republican Rep. Chuck Fleischmann of Tennessee scored in the first inning, enjoying a different sort of adrenaline than the one he experienced Wednesday when he passed by the shooter over bloodied ground to take shelter in a dugout - confessing later that "the fear factor was horrific".

Also wounded were a current congressional staffer, one former staffer and two Capitol Hill police officers. He remains in critical condition, but has improved in the last 24 hours. And she said she had no idea what exactly he was doing while he was gone.

"It's time for all of us, including myself, to tone down our rhetoric and recognize that we are all of one country and all proud Americans", he said. As has been the case in so many other mass shootings, Hodgkinson had a history of abusing women, including partners and his own daughter.

"I just don't know what to tell you people", she told reporters.

"Steve is going to be on our minds, every minute of the game", Murphy said.

Murphy has gotten to know Scalise. I think that they'll come together for his family.

Not mentioned: A June 8 social media post by Hodgkinson where he refers to Karen Handel, the Republican candidate for Georgia's open 6th Congressional District seat.

"Anytime anything happens with a gun, the left and anti-Second Amendment people are going to scream about gun control", said U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins, a freshman Republican from Port Barre. "I've had armed police at my public meetings". The popular annual face-off, which raises money for charity, is scheduled to go forward as planned Thursday evening at the Nationals stadium across the Potomac from where the shooting took place.

It is among America's last non-partisan political sanctuaries, a field of dreams where policy feuding is put aside - if only for a night, but this year's Congressional Baseball Game had a deeper significance. "I've been careful to clarify it moving forward", Collins said on MSNBC. "But it does say something about us that we're able to pop back up from shootings pretty regularly we've become normalized". "Yes, they sure are they probably should have more security given the environment we are in right now".

"Tonight, we're all team Scalise", said top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi, wearing purple and yellow in honor of Scalise's home state of Louisiana.

"I'm sorry that he did this".

The same criticisms being lobbed at so-called "Bernie Bros" were launched at Barack Obama supporters in 2008, Clinton backers during the same race and again past year, and at Howard Dean devotees before both of them.

Special agent David Bailey was injured in the attack on Wednesday.

Gainer served as director of Illinois State Police before becoming chief of the Capitol Police in Washington, D.C.

Democrats remain deeply upset about Trump's win and by his presidency, and frustrated over how to channel the energies of a restive and angry base.

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