Steve Scalise shooting 'an attack on all'

Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise R-La. speaks with the media on Capitol Hill Wednesday

Hunt said Scalise is in excellent hands with the trauma team at MedStar, but he stressed that a bullet from a high-powered rifle causes much more damage than one from a handgun.

Also wounded was former congressional aide Matt Mika, who now works for Tyson Foods in its Washington office. Scalise was honored Thursday night during the annual congressional baseball game.

"It's about Republicans and Democrats".

They played their annual congressional ballgame for charity before a record crowd of 25,000 on Thursday night.

The timing - early in the morning - and the targets - seemingly Republican elected leaders - make this crime even more insidious.

Rep. Cedric Richmond, the Democrats' star player, said he planned to stop by the hospital to check on Scalise before heading to the stadium.

The game was a blowout with the Democratic team winning 11-2.

President Donald Trump says that wounded Congressman Steve Scalise's condition is more hard than people first realized.

"The congressman will require additional operations, and will be in the hospital for some time".

Scalise, 51, the No. 3 House Republican leader, was first elected in 2008.

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The first pitch was thrown by one of the two heroes of the shooting, member of the Capitol Police David Bailey, who along with colleague Crystal Griner are credited with taking down the gunman.

That is a goal that all members of Congress and yes, all Americans, should commit to achieve. Hodgkinson was shot by police and later died of his injuries.

Jennifer Scalise says in a statement that the family is "especially appreciative of the strong outpouring of love and support from our neighbors, friends, from Louisiana and across the country".

"By playing tonight, you are showing the world that we will not be intimidated by threats, acts of violence, or assaults on our democracy", Trump said.

Mr. Trump could not attend because there wasn't enough time for the Secret Service to organize security, according to the White House, but his daughter Ivanka Trump was in attendance, as were some members of the Trump administration.

President Donald Trump said Thursday that wounded GOP Congressman Steve Scalise is "in some trouble" but "he's going to be OK, we hope", offering the assessment as a shaken U.S. House gaveled back into session a day after the shooting of Scalise and others at a baseball field.

The Hill posted a video of Senate Chaplain Barry Black offering a prayer in which he asked God to watch over those who had been affected by the shooting.

Trump ends his remarks with, "Ladies and gentlemen, let's play ball".

The baseball tradition is said to have forged a friendship between Richmond and his fellow Louisiana representative Steve Scalise.

Members of the US Congress took part in the traditional Republicans vs Democrats baseball game on Thursday, with many wearing hats to honour Steve Scalise, the congressman who was critically wounded by a gunman as his team practised a day before.

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