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Summary

  1. Gunman opens fire on top politicians at a Republican baseball practice session in the US state of Virginia
  2. House Majority whip Steve Scalise is among those wounded but no life-threatening injuries
  3. The suspect has been killed, President Trump has announced
  4. The attacker was armed with a rifle and fired 50 to 100 bullets
  5. He has been identified by unnamed officials as 66-year-old James Hodgkinson of Illinois

Live Reporting

By Max Matza

All times stated are UK

  1. Live coverage closes

    To recap this morning's events:

    • Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise, the third-highest ranked Republican in Congress, has been shot in the hip and is expected to recover quickly
    • The group of Republican lawmakers had been practising for a forthcoming game against congressional Democrats when they came under fire
    • The suspected gunman, James T Hodgkinson, had expressed outrage online with Republicans and had volunteered for Senator Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign

    For all the latest developments read our main news story:

    Gunman dead after attacking congressmen at Virginia baseball field

  2. The history of violence against US politicians

    Senator Huey Long
    Image caption: Senator Huey Long was assassinated in 1935

    According to the Washington Post, there have been 14 US members of Congress killed since the founding of the United States, and more than a dozen wounded in shootings.

    Among the most high profile incidents:

    • In 1831, Missouri Congressman Spencer Pettis died in a duel
    • James Hinds from Arkansas was shot in 1868 while riding a horse. His attacker was never found
    • In 1935, Louisiana Senator Huey Long, who was famous for his lengthy speeches in Congress, was shot and killed by the family member of a political opponent
    • Democratic congresswoman Gabby Giffords was seriously injured when shot in Arizona in 2011
  3. Capitol Police officers named

    Both Republican and Democratic members of Congress have taken to the floor of the House of Representatives to condemn the shooting and to applaud the first responders.

    Capitol Hill police officers Krystal Griner and David Bailey were both injured in the 10-minute-long gunfight.

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  4. WATCH - what happened in Alexandria earlier

    Witnesses who spoke to the BBC and US media describe what they saw in Virginia this morning.

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    Video caption: Watch the moment baseball gunman opens fire
  5. Breaking'Multiple victims' reported in San Francisco shooting

    As the debate over access to guns ramps up yet again due to events in Virginia, another mass shooting has been reported across the country.

    "Multiple victims" have been reported at the United Parcel Service (UPS) depot in San Francisco, California.

    Aerial images show workers in brown uniforms being led away from the building by armed police.

    Anyone nearby has been advised by police to shelter in place.

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  6. 'Senseless and cowardly' - Justice Department

    Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein just released this statement:

    "This morning, Members of Congress, Senators, congressional staffers, and Capitol Police officers were targets of a senseless and cowardly attack during a practice for a bi-partisan, charity baseball game. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families. We pray for their swift recovery. The Department of Justice will provide all resources necessary for a thorough investigation.

    "I commend the heroic officers of the Capitol Police and the Alexandria Police Department. Their willingness to risk their lives to keep us safe is humbling and inspiring."

    Rod Rosenstein
    Image caption: Rod Rosenstein
  7. Meanwhile, the scene in Washington

    There is a heavy security presence as congressmen who were part of the baseball practice and witnessed the shooting have been briefing reporters, after being taken to the Capitol from Alexandria.

    Police at Capitol
    Image caption: Capitol Police immediately mobilised when news came from nearby Alexandria
    Representative Charles Fleischmann speaks to reporters
    Image caption: Representative Charles Fleischmann witnessed the shooting
    Police at the Capitol
    Image caption: Police presence at the Capitol
  8. Congressman at game says no change on gun stance

    Congressman Mo Brooks, who reportedly used his belt as a tourniquet to aid wounded teammates, says that his view on gun control has not changed.

    "These rights are here to protect Americans, they are fundamental to our being the greatest nation in world history," he tells US media.

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  9. Man asked 'Are they Republicans?' before shooting - witness

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    Video caption: 'Are they Republicans or Democrats?' US gunman asked

    Jeff Duncan, who represents South Carolina in the House of Representatives was at the practice session but left before the shooting began.

    He described to US media how a man approached the group to ask if they were Democrats or Republicans on the field.

    It has not yet been confirmed if that was the same person who later opened fire on the Republican team.

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  10. Paul Ryan speaks on House floor

    "There are very strong emotions in this House today," says House Speaker Paul Ryan after a brief moment of silence.

    "We are all horrified by the dreadful attack on our colleagues.

    To thunderous applause from fellow members of congress, he adds: "We are united in our shock. We are united in our anguish. An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us."

  11. The game is still on

    The congressional baseball game is still scheduled for Thursday night at Nationals Park stadium in Washington DC.

    At least one member of congress is calling on President Trump to attend the cross-party game, which has taken on added significance now.

    The Washington Post has a piece explaining the history of the game.

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  12. Gunman described in local news

    The Belleville News-Democrat newspaper has found this image of suspected gunman James Hodgkinson of Illinois, protesting against wealth inequality in 2012.

    The paper says he is a member of several anti-Republican groups on Facebook.

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  13. Shocked teammate tearfully describes incident

    Texas Congressman Joe Barton took a moment in the halls of Congress to describe this morning's attack.

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    Video caption: Texas congressman fights back tears as he recounts shooting
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  14. Trump thanking police

    Looking directly into the camera, and speaking from prepared remarks, Trump says "we may have our differences but we do well in times like these to remember that everyone that serves in our nation's capital is here because above all they love this country".

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  15. America is praying for you, Steve - Trump

    "Congressman Steve Scalise, a member of House leadership, was shot and badly wounded and is now in a stable condition at the hospital along with two very courageous Capitol Police officers."

    "Many lives would have been lost" if not for the officers, who "sustained wounded during a very very brutal assault", the president says.

    Addressing Scalise, Trump says: "America is praying for you and America is praying for all of the victims of this terrible shooting."

  16. BreakingAttacker is dead - Trump

    "The assailant has now died from his injuries", says Trump, adding that Congressman Scalise is a "friend, a very good friend, and a patriot".

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  17. Photo of suspected gunman

    The Illinois States Attorney Office has sent this image of James T Hodgkinson to the BBC.

    Hodgkinson has been identified by US media as the attacker.

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