Lawmakers unite in wake of Virginia shooting

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The shooting that injured multiple people in Alexandria, Virginia Wednesday morning has caused lawmakers to look beyond their party lines and unite in support of the shooting victims.

Five people, including 51-year-old House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana, two police officers, a Congressional aide and a lobbyist are among the injured. The suspected shooter, 66-year-old James Hodgkinson, has died.

Northwest Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz told Channel 3 News he and Representative Scalise worked overnight together finalizing a new seal on the federal snapper season.

He said the incident was "terrible and tragic" but Scalise's presence actually may have saved lives.

"Had he not been present at the baseball practice, there would not have been securty and there would have been a lot more bloodshed and potentially substantial loss of life," Gaetz explained.

Gaetz said security will be increased for guests and visitors on Capitol grounds moving forward.

Alabama Representative Bradley Byrne released a video saying although this is a difficult time for Washington D.C. this wouldn't stop them from doing their job.

"We need to pray for those who've been wounded and send out a particular prayer for those first responders who did such a good job for us. Let's not let this stop us from doing the important job for the American people. We'll keep doing that," he said.

Senator Bill Nelson tweeted his support on social media, saying in part, "We're praying for those injured in this heinous attack."

Senator Bernie Sanders released a statement condemning the shooting after learning Hodgkinson had volunteered at his presidential campaign.

"Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms," Sanders tweeted.

President Trump said in a special address to media that the FBI is investigating this incident.

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