Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., told reporters Wednesday that the Congressional Baseball game will proceed as scheduled Thursday night.
McSally said that House Speaker Paul Ryan made he announcement during an all-member briefing in the Capitol Visitor Center auditorium and it was met by a standing ovation.
Members of the Republican team for the annual congressional baseball game were practicing early Wednesday morning for Thursday's game. Reports indicate James T. Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old Belleville, Ill. man, is the individual who opened fire on the lawmakers and staffers who were at the practice.
President Trump announced the shooter died at a local hospital from injuries sustained in a shootout with police. Law enforcement officials have not confirmed his identity.
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot in the hip during the incident at Simpson Park in Alexandria, Va. and at least four other people were wounded. None of the injuries are believed to be life threatening.
The FBI is taking the lead on the investigation and could not immediately confirm Hodgkinson's motivation for the shooting. He does not appear to have any connections to international terrorism.
The congressional baseball game is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Thursday at Nationals Park.
Marty LaVor, a longtime photographer of the game who was at the shooting, hoped that the tradition continues.
"Up until this morning everything about that game in my mind and everybody's else's mind was it was fun and it was to do good," said LaVor, who photographed the game for more than 30 years, not far from the shooting location. Lavor noted that the game generates thousands of dollars for local charities.
"I don't know what will happen in the future," he then lamented. "I hope when they play the game that stadium is full."
Washington Examiner reporter Robert King contributed to this report.