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Shot US Congressman Scalise undergoes surgery

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"He entered the room, spoke with Scalise's family, and sat by his bedside with Mrs. Trump", White House spokesman Sean Spicer said.

So it was welcome news Wednesday when Rep. Joe Barton of Texas, the manager of the GOP's congressional baseball team, held a news conference with his Democratic counterpart, Rep. Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania, to announce, "He and I both thought the game should go on".

President Donald Trump, who visited Scalise in the hospital on Wednesday, sent a video message that played at the start of the game. Scalise was hit, and crawled out of the infield, leaving a trail of blood, colleagues said.

Earlier on Thursday, Republican lawmakers met behind closed doors to share reflections and pray. They signed oversized cards for the wounded.

The alleged shooter, 66-year-old James Hodgkinson, was shot and killed by Capital Police. His social media contained anti-Trump and anti-Republican posts.

The shooting, coming amid harsh political rancor and a divided country, reverberated through Washington and beyond, as Trump and members of Congress began talking about unity for the first time since the presidential election.

Democrats cautioned against falling into partisanship or laying blame. "An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us", Ryan said, drawing a bipartisan standing ovation, CNN reports. Griner, 32, is a graduate of Hood College, who supplied a photo of her during her days as a basketball player to ABC. Williams tweeted Barth was "receiving medical attention but is doing well and is expected to make a full recovery".

Several congressmen at the Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria praised the officers who engaged Hodgkinson, including two Capitol Police officers who were injured.

Davis, sporting a purple tie during the interview, said the game has not been canceled and the Republican team will be wearing Louisiana State University gear in honor of Scalise.

According to The Advocate, following the incident, LSU made a decision to send school shirts and hats to the capital for lawmakers to wear for the Thursday game. He had been living out of his van in the Alexandria area in recent months, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.

"Authorities are continuing to investigate the crime, and the assailant has now died from his injuries", he said.

The GOP lawmakers' team was taking batting practice when gunshots rang out and chaos erupted.

"Everyone's getting a bunch of death threats right now", Representative Ruben Gallego, a Democrat, told The Los Angeles Times.

"I was there last night", he said.

A security detail accompanied Scalise to the field that morning - a factor many lawmakers at the scene insist saved their lives. Jeff Flake said Mika was the most seriously injured.

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

Rep. Jeff Duncan of SC said he had just left the practice and encountered the apparent gunman in the parking lot before the shooting.

Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) first told media that a man had approached him and Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) to ask the question as the pair were getting into a auto. The man thanked him.

The shooting has brought members Congress together in some way.

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