Trump sits by wounded Scalise's bedside

The gunman 66-year-old James Hodgkinson of IL was shot and died from his injuries.

In a national address, Trump appealed for unity following the morning assault in the Washington suburb of Alexandria, Virginia, which came amid bitterly partisan political tension in the USA capital in the aftermath of a vitriol-filled 2016 election.

Mr. Scalise was shot in the hip, his office said, adding that the Republican's condition was stable.

"The bullet traveled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs, and causing severe bleeding", a statement said.

Also wounded were one current congressional aide and one former aide who now works as a lobbyist, officials said.

He "was treated and released having sustained a minor injury during the incident", Capitol Police said in a statement. Scalise was listed as in crticial condition in the hospital. "Pray for Steve!" Trump wrote in a tweet yesterday.

Players on both the Republican and Democrat teams will reportedly wear LSU gear during the game in honor of Scalise, who is an avid fan of Tiger baseball. He had a history of posting angry messages against Trump and other Republicans on social media. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign.

"I am sickened by this despicable act", said Sanders from the Senate floor.

Despite today's events, we've learned tomorrow's congressional charity game will go on as planned.

He is an avid baseball fan and has played on the congressional baseball team since he entered Congress in 2008.

Several other Republican lawmakers were also present at the time at the facility, about 13 km from the Capitol. "We've had a very, very divided country for many years, and I have a feeling that Steve has made a great sacrifice, but there could be some unity being brought to our country, let's hope so".

Republican Representative Steve Scalise of Louisiana was shot in the early morning fusillade of gunfire, and several other people, including members of Scalise's security detail, were wounded.

Votes were canceled in the House on Wednesday, but on Thursday they were taking place.

Capitol Police Chief Matthew R. Verderosa praised his officers last night. The shooter later died from his injuries.

Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., told reporters that, just before the shooting, he spoke briefly with a man he believes was Hodgkinson, and that the man "asked me if the team practicing was a Democrat or Republican team".

"I'm shaken up", Duncan said.

Barton had arrived at the US Capitol still wearing his red baseball uniform.

He said he saw the gunman holding a semi-automatic rifle in the area behind third base, and that Scalise had been near second base.


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