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As congressional Republicans and Democrats joined Thursday night in their annual baseball game, played this year in Scalise's honor, word came from the hospital that he remained in critical condition, but had "improved in the last 24 hours".

Capitol Police Special Agent David Bailey, who was wounded when he and another officer engaged in a shootout with the gunman, hobbled onto the field on crutches to throw out the first pitch.

Scalise, the No. 3 House Republican, arrived at the hospital via helicopter in shock, with intense internal bleeding and "an imminent risk of death", Sava said.

At Thursday night's game, they all will wear purple and gold in a show of support for Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who was shot one day earlier during the Republican team's practice for the annual event.

The 66-year-old suspect from Belleville, Illinois, was a volunteer for Senator Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign but whether he was politically motivated is still unclear, investigators said.

Still, Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., who has a permit in his home state, said, "It's going to be in my pocket from this day forward".

Family members of Matt Mika say the MI native was shot multiple times in his chest and arm, and he remains in the intensive care unit in critical condition at George Washington University Hospital.

A sign in the crowd proclaimed "ONE FAMILY" and the announcer's mention of Mr Scalise, the House majority whip who was critically wounded in the attack, brought the masses to their feet.

But something the shooter would not have wanted also has happened. James Hodgkinson had been a vocal opponent of the Republican party.

President Donald Trump was among the many well-wishers to pay a visit to the stricken congressman.

A Washington Metropolitan Police Department report says the officer was manning a traffic checkpoint when the driver failed to obey repeated orders to stop. He sustained minor injuries to one of his wrists, elbows and lower back in the process.

The arrest was first reported by CNN.

The shooting occurred at a popular park and baseball complex in Alexandria, Va., across the Potomac River from Washington, where Republican lawmakers and others were gathered for a morning practice about 7 a.m. He has reported them to Capitol police.

Hodgkinson - an IL home inspector who had been living out of his van near the park - had a social media page filled with criticism of Republicans and the Trump administration.

Ticket sales picked up after Wednesday's shooting, eventually setting an attendance record, the organizers said, as attendees such as Alexander Hilten, 16, of Arlington, Virginia, chose to come to the game for the first time. Sava says Scalise has responded to family members while he's still under sedation.

In the statement, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said the agency searched Hodgkinson's white van for evidence.

They credited the Capitol Police officers, who were detailed to protect Scalise as a member of leadership, with saving their lives. Mika requires assistance to breath and will need more surgery. Authorities are investigating the incident but have not identified a motive.

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