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"I'm prayerful he will pull through, and I hope he does", he said.

The shooter was an IL man, James Hodgkinson, who had lashed out against President Donald Trump and Republicans over social media.

In a final flourish of bipartisan camaraderie for the night, Democratic Rep. Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania, his team's manager, accepted the trophy, then gave it to his GOP counterpart, Rep. Joe Barton of Texas, to put in Scalise's office on behalf of the Democrats.

Others want Capitol Police or law enforcement officials present at any event where large numbers of lawmakers are gathered, such as congressional baseball or softball practices.

It's also an opportunity for Republicans and Democrats to get off the floor and onto the field for a friendly competition that raises money for charity.

The congressional baseball match pits Republicans against Democrats.

While President Donald Trump visited the MedStar Washington Hospital Center where Mr Scalise is being treated, he did not speak directly to the Louisiana congressman.

The team was practicing for the annual baseball game that takes place in Washington on Thursday evening.

White House deputy press secretary Sarah Sanders said the president is not exclusively responsible and does not "own" the heated rhetoric in American politics, and she said he was justified in responding to attacks.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is lashing out at "sanctimonious" Republicans - including some in Congress - who are suggesting vitriolic political rhetoric from the left may be partially to blame for the shooting that wounded GOP Congressman Steve Scalise.

Colleagues said Scalise, who had been fielding balls at second base, dragged himself away from the infield, leaving a trail of blood before they rushed to his assistance.

The president's meaning was not entirely clear, but Trump went on to say that "Because of him and the tremendous pain and suffering he's now enduring - and he's having a hard time, far worse than anybody thought - our country will perhaps become closer, more unified, so important". His aide, Zack Barth, who was shot by the Virginia assailant, walked across the field on crutches.

He led a House floor Democratic sit-in previous year when Republicans refused to consider gun control legislation. The shooter had a 9 mm handgun and a 7.62 caliber rifle, authorities said, which were purchased from "federal firearms licensees".

"I think anybody that ever played baseball, the dream was to play in a major league stadium", Richmond said a year ago.

Capitol Police officers in Scalise's security detail returned fire, and Hodgkinson later died from his wounds.

Democratic leaders during Trump's presidency have never encouraged their supporters to take violent action, and all of them universally condemned Wednesday's shooting while re-affirming the need for comity in the tragedy's aftermath.

House Republicans met privately earlier to discuss the shootings, pray and sign oversized cards for the wounded.

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