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NYPD Heightens Security for Elected Officials in Wake of Virginia Shootout

By  Aidan Gardiner Nicholas Rizzi and Katie Honan | June 14, 2017 9:42am | Updated on June 14, 2017 1:41pm

 NYPD counterterrorism officers providing security at Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan on Dec. 15, 2016.
NYPD counterterrorism officers providing security at Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan on Dec. 15, 2016.
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NEW YORK — The NYPD heightened security for city politicians after a gunman wounded a congressman at a GOP baseball practice in Virginia Wednesday morning, officials said.

The city's only Republic representative, Dan Donovan, who represents Staten Island and part of Brooklyn, was in the capital, but not at the baseball practice and reported that he was safe, his staff said.

No other New York City representatives were there the shooter, who reports identified as James T. Hodgkinson of Illinois, opened fire, hitting Rep. Steve Scalise, the majority whip for the House of Representatives, officials said.

In the aftermath of the shooting, NYPD officials tracked down all New York elected officials as they monitored the situation and dispatched resources around the city.

"Out of an abundance of caution, we moved resources to City Hall, to Gracie Mansion, to other prominent locations," said NYPD counter terrorism commissioner John Miller.

"We will have additional resources at some public events that elected officials are attending today. We are going to continue to monitor that incident in Virginia," Miller added.

Donovan, who was in the capital at the time, put out a message of support for his colleagues.

Hodgkinson appeared to be acting alone and died from gunshot wounds he sustained in a shootout with police, according to Virginia authorities and President Donald Trump.

Hodgkinson, who had previously volunteered for Sen. Bernie Sanders 2016 presidential campaign, posted anti-Trump rhetoric on social media, reports said.

Sanders, a Brooklyn native who represents Vermont, denounced the violence on the floor of the senate.

Democratic representatives were holding their own baseball practice at a different field Wednesday morning. Their roster includes New York congressman Joe Crowley and Hakeem Jeffries.

Crowley's staff said he wasn't at Wednesday's Democratic baseball game practice. Jeffries' staff didn't immediately return a request for comment.

Adriano Espaillat wasn't at the Democratic baseball team practice, but his aide was, according to staff, who didn't provide further details.

Other New York representatives tweeted their bipartisan support for the shooting victims.