DesJarlais later released the following statement:
"Members of Congress frequently receive threats and security alerts. There are a number of plans to ensure that we, our staff and our constituents stay safe, and those plans will evolve based on recent events. However, violent political rhetoric remains a big problem. Celebrities are staging mock assassinations of the President. Mainstream media outlets feed the hysteria, surely a factor in the latest attack on Republicans. Americans elected us to improve the economy and health care, but some people are taking 'massive resistance' to a dangerous extreme."
Rep. Steve Scalise, a member of the Republican baseball team, was hospitalized after James Hodgkinson opened fire while Republican members of Congress were practicing ahead of the annual charity baseball game.
A congressional staffer, a lobbyist and two members of the Capitol police force were also injured.
Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old of Belleville, Illinois, died following a shootout with authorities.