Gunman dead after attacking congressmen at Virginia baseball fieldWhat we know about suspectJames T Hodgkinson is a 66-year-old man from Belleville, IllinoisHis wife told ABC News he moved to Virginia two months agoHis Facebook account shows anti-Republican and anti-Trump rhetoricHe volunteered on the campaign of former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie SandersHe had a string of criminal convictions, including traffic violations and allegations of violenceThe lawmakers were practising for the annual congressional ballgame that organisers vowed would go ahead as planned on Thursday at Nationals Park, home of Major League Baseball team the Washington Nationals.Alexandria police said the FBI was taking over the investigation into the shooting, which began shortly after 07:00 (11:00 GMT) on Wednesday morning at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park.'Sitting ducks'As well as Mr Scalise, two police officers, Krystal Griner and David Bailey, lobbyist Matt Mika and Zack Barth, a congressional aide for Texas lawmaker Roger Williams, were injured.Mr Barth, a former staffer for two Republican congressmen, was shot in the chest, according to witness Arizona Senator Jeff Flake.Mr Flake told reporters he was at bat during the shooting and the victims were "sitting ducks".Senator Mike Lee, a Utah Republican, said someone at the baseball field had used a belt as a tourniquet on Mr Scalise, who is the number three House Republican.South Carolina congressman Jeff Duncan said the suspect had asked him whether Republicans or Democrats were practising, before shots rang out.Kentucky Senator Rand Paul told Fox News: "I do believe without the Capitol Hill police it would have been a massacre."We had no defence at all. The field was basically a killing field."
Tags President Donald J. Trump the gunman who opened fire at a congressional baseball practice in Virginia has died.
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