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Congressional Baseball game has tender moments, day after shooter injures 5

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

"We're not going to let incidents like this change our way of life or our daily routines", U.S. Representative Mike Doyle, a Pennsylvania Democrat, said at a news conference.

The gunman was shot by Capitol Police officers who were in Scalise's security detail and later died of his injuries.

On Twitter, Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, blamed the shooting on "the leading cultural voices of the Left", but such political rhetoric was mostly drowned out by calls for unity and prayer.

Democrats cautioned against falling into partisanship or laying blame.

"So I just want to say thank you to the congressional leadership and to the president for responding to this act of terror in a way that gives us hope that whatever our differences, we will always be the United States of America", Colbert said. "The congressman will require additional operations, and will be in the hospital for some time".

Trump and his wife, Melania, visited with Scalise late Wednesday.

Also shot were a congressional staffer and members of the Capitol police force.

As Majority Whip - he's the third highest ranking republican in the house. Zack Barth, a legislative aide to Texas representative Roger Williams, who was wounded in the attack, is out of the hospital and told CBS This Morning that he was in right field when he saw the shooter "train his gun on me".

Lobbyist Matt Mika was shot multiple times and critically injured and remained hospitalised.

The shooting occurred at a popular park and baseball complex in Alexandria, Virginia, across the Potomac River from Washington, where Republican politicians and others were gathered for a morning practice session.

Tennessee's 3rd District Congressman said he heard a loud noise and a crash.

The congressional baseball game will go on as scheduled.

An FBI-led investigation into Hodgkinson (66) was continuing on Thursday. He had a history of posting angry messages against Trump and other Republicans on social media.

Authorities said Wednesday there was not yet a clear motive for the shooting, as the FBI investigated Hodgkinson's associations and social media postings. The lawmakers were practicing in Alexandria's Del Ray neighborhood in Virginia. At least 50 rounds were shot, according to witnesses.

Gillibrand also said it is essential that "we do not allow this attack to make us cower in fear". Flake said the gunman was shot.



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