Congress plays baseball for charity one day after shooting

In a statement, the hospital said Mr Scalise had "sustained a single rifle shot to the left hip".

In the wake of Wednesday morning's shooting of Louisiana Republican Congressman Steve Scalise, fellow GOP members argue that if victims had carried firearms then they could have defended themselves.

"It's been much more hard than people even thought at that time", Mr Trump said. "He's in some trouble".

Congress announced Thursday that the annual Congressional Baseball Game is still on after Wednesday's attack during the GOP practice.

"He's going to be OK, we hope", Trump said.

He says: "Steve in his own way may have brought some unity to our long-divided country".

Doctors at MedStar Washington Hospital, where Rep. Scalise is being treated, discussed his condition on Friday saying that they believed he would be in the hospital for a considerable amount of time, possibly weeks.

The gunman, identified by a senior US official as James Hodgkinson, 66, from the St. Louis suburb of Belleville, Ill., died of his injuries. He was hit in the left hip, suffering injuries to internal organs, broken bones and severe bleeding, in Wednesday's shooting.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said on the House floor Wednesday afternoon, "We are united in our shock".

Aguilar plays outfield for the Democratic team; before the shooting, Scalise was slated to play second base for the Republicans.

He also spoke to family members as well as Capitol Police Officer Crystal Griner, one of two hero cops who shot at and ultimately killed the gunman. he was accompanied by his wife, Karen Pence.

A congressional staffer, Zach Barth, was also shot in the leg and has since been released from the hospital.

"The security detail saved a lot of lives", he said.

Scalise was undergoing a third operation on Thursday, Representative Barbara Comstock, a Virginia Republican, wrote on Twitter. The popular annual face-off, which raises money for charity, is scheduled to go forward as planned Thursday evening at Nationals Park in Washington.

Democrat Cedric Richmond, a fellow Louisiana congressman, said as many others did that Scalise is a fighter.

The attack happened at a park in Alexandria, Virginia, just across the Potomac River from Washington where Thursday's game will be held.

Hodgkinson has been in the area since March, living out of his van, said local FBI Special Agent In Charge Tim Slater.

Rep. Jack Bergman, R-Mich., a retired Army general, said, the shooter was kept off the field by a chain-link fence, which was locked.

Rep. Roger Williams is placed into an ambulance at the scene of a shooting at a baseball field in Alexandria, Va., June 14, 2017.

The House has returned to business after a gunman fired at a baseball practice, critically injuring a top Republican lawmaker and wounding several others.

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