Trump says "could be some unity" after Scalise "sacrifice"

Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, who was at Wednesday's practice and gave medical help after the shooting, said it would have "been awful" if the game had been canceled, and said Scalise would want it to go on.

Although Scalise was able to talk on the ballfield, by the time he was transported by helicopter to the hospital, he was in shock. The wound shattered bones, tore organs and caused severe bleeding.

Lobbyist Matt Mika was shot multiple times and remains hospitalized.

Despite the tragedy, Pence said the best of America will shine at Thursday night's congressional baseball game, for which the lawmakers were practicing when they were attacked.

As in the past several years, Rep. Cedric Richmond, a Democrat from Louisiana, a close friend of his wounded Republican colleague and a player in his college days, dominated much of the night, from the mound and the plate.

Bailey received a hero's welcome from a record crowd of almost 25,000 at Thursday's game when he threw out the first pitch, and Barth also showed up for the game, walking with crutches. The two team managers, Republican Representative Joe Barton and Democratic Representative Mike Doyle, both vowed that their squads would win the charity game.

"He's in some trouble", said Mr Trump, who visited late on Wednesday.

Scalise was at second base when he was shot in the hip. Bailey then threw a pitch that bounced before reaching the catcher, Roberto Clemente Jr.

Bailey is a member of Congressman Steve Scalise's protective detail.

Meanwhile, investigators in Virginia are hunting for answers to why the 66-year-old IL man carrying grievances against the president and the GOP would let loose a hail of gunfire at a baseball diamond full of Republicans practicing for last night's charity ballgame.

When Scalise arrived in the hospital, he had an "imminent risk of death" and was "as critical as you can be", doctors also said.

"By playing tonight we are showing the world that we will not be intimidated by threats, acts of violence or assaults on our democracy", said US President Donald Trump, appearing on the park's giant screen but not attending.

Trump says Scalise "continues his very fearless fight", but adds: "it's been much more hard than people even thought at the time". He says the country is praying for all of the victims who are still recovering.

Numerous players in the congressional game Thursday night are wearing Louisiana State University hats in honor of Scalise, a graduate of the school, as they assemble at Nationals Park in Washington.

"In Washington, we have our disagreements, but we all agree that we are here to serve this nation we love and the people who call it home", Trump said. The man calmly asked which party's lawmakers were practicing and Duncan told him they were the Republicans.

The driver was arrested for failure to obey an order and assault with a risky weapon.

The electronics were found in the shooter's white van, which was parked in a YMCA lot next to the Alexandria baseball field.

The FBI said it was investigating the shooter's "activities and social media impressions in the months leading up to yesterday's incident".

On Friday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation identified the guns found at the scene of the shooting as a 9 mm handgun and a 7.62-caliber rifle.

Scalise, 51, and three others were wounded when a man identified as James Hodgkinson, 66, from the St. Louis suburb of Belleville, Illinois, opened fire on the lawmakers.

Investigators say Hodgkinson shot House Rep. Steve Scalise on Wednesday before he was killed by police who had been guarding Scalise on the Alexandria, Virginia, baseball field.

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