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Gunman dead after shooting US politician

James T Hodgkinson (Facebook via AP)
James T Hodgkinson (Facebook via AP)

The gunman who shot a top Republican politician at a congressional baseball practice has died from his injuries, US President Donald Trump said.

Mr Trump said the assailant who shot Representative Steve Scalise, of Louisiana, had died.

He has been identified as James T Hodgkinson.

Mr Scalise was shot at a congressional baseball practice just outside of Washington.

Officials said several other people were also wounded.

Mr Trump said Mr Scalise "was badly wounded and is now in stable condition".

The president praised the "heroic actions" of the Capitol Police at the scene.