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Early Wednesday morning, 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson opened fire on Republican lawmakers and staff at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia. The incident is now under further investigation. Here are five things you should know:

  1. The baseball practice was in preparation for the congressional baseball game that takes place on Thursday evening between the Republicans and Democrats. The annual game is a bipartisan effort to support three D.C. charities.

  2. The shooter was James T. Hodgkinson from Belleville, Illinois. Hodgkinson volunteered on the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign trail. It has been reported that the suspect asked Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) if the practicing team was Republican or Democrat before opening fire later that morning.

  3. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) and several other aides and staffers were among the injured in the attack. Scalise underwent surgery this morning shortly after the attack. He is reported to be in critical condition, according to the MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

  4. Capitol Police officers immediately returned fire and shot the shooter. The shooter was taken into custody. He later died from his injuries at the George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C.

  5. Democratic members of Congress practicing at a different location reportedly heard the gun shots and gathered to pray together. Later Wednesday morning, members from the Democratic Party released statements of grief followed by thoughts and prayers for those affected.

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