Shooter identified by law enforcement officials as James T. Hodgkinson

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And he blamed Republicans for keeping things the way they are - and Democrats for not standing up strongly enough to stop them.

On June 14, 66-year-old James Hodgkinson of IL opened fire during a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia.

Flake estimated that more than 50 shots were fired. ABC reports he was declared dead late Wednesday morning.

The two wounded officers, later identified by elected officials as special agents David Bailey and Crystal Griner, returned fire on Hodgkinson, ultimately taking him down despite their injuries, Trump stated. Orear said he had no idea that Hodgkinson would be involved in something like a shooting. "I am sickened by this despicable act".

"He was the type of person that if you challenged him, he wouldn't back off".

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Multiple reports say the shooting was believed to be a "deliberate attack".

And after all, GOP Rep. Mark Walker of North Carolina did tell NBC News that it seemed "the gunman was there to kill as many Republican members as possible".

While it is unknown what exactly drove Hodgkinson to open fire on a group of Republican congressmen Wednesday morning, the hyperbolic anti-Republican rhetoric which Democrats and their liberal allies have employed freely in the wake of Donald Trump's victory appears throughout his social media.

According to media reports, Hodgkinson was a home inspector by trade. The FBI is also investigating the incident, saying they're not sure if the shooting was an assassination attempt.

"Hodgkinson has a varied arrest record in St. Clair County, for offenses such as failing to obtain electrical permits, damaging a motor vehicle, resisting a peace officer, eluding police, criminal damage to property, driving under the influence and assorted traffic offenses".

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Scalise's office said earlier Wednesday that he was in stable condition following the shooting, although MedStar Washington Hospital Center said Wednesday afternoon that Scalise remained in critical condition.

Hodgkinson engaged in a gunbattle with the Capitol Police before he was shot, dying later of his injuries. At least two others were also wounded. The company says Mika is director of government relations for Tyson's Washington, D.C., office.

In July 2012, Hodgkinson, citing MSNBC's left-leaning host Rachel Maddow, wrote that a relative handful of wealthy people are chiefly responsible for funding Republican Party campaigns and said, "We need to vote all Republicans out of Congress". "Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of Congress, their staffs, Capitol Police, first responders, and all others affected".

Scalise is the No. 3 House Republican leader. Gabby Giffords of Arizona was hit in the head and grievously injured while meeting with constituents at a supermarket parking lot in 2011. Giffords was shot in the head by Jared Lee Loughner in Tucson. The other three injured are two law enforcement officials and one aide to a House representative from Texas.

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