House back in session as lawmakers offer prayers for wounded

They spoke with Scalise's wife and sat at the gravely injured Louisiana lawmaker's bedside.

"It's been much more hard than people even thought at that time", Trump said of Scalise. "He's in some trouble".

"He's going to be OK, we hope", Trump said.

A GOP congressman who was at the scene of Wednesday's shooting during baseball practice at an Alexandria park is calling for an end to "political rhetorical terrorism", saying the hateful comments he's received on social media in response to this request prove his point.

Scalise was fielding balls at second base when he was shot, according to lawmakers present.

"The surgical team probably went in and bypassed arteries or veins that were injured and repaired them and took care of the bleeding", said Dr. John Hunt, the LSU trauma medical director at University Medical Center.

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

Speaking today from the White House, President Trump said Scalise's condition- initially announced as "stable" - was "much more hard that people even thought at the time". The gunman, identified as James Hodgkinson of IL, died of his injuries after a shootout with the police.

The shooter was killed by police officers whose work won praise from Trump in his remarks.

Despite a record of domestic violence, Hodgkinson had no felony convictions and was therefore able to legally purchase the weapons from licensed sellers - an SKS 7.62 semi-automatic rifle and a Smith and Wesson 9mm handgun, according to a statement from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The Congressional Baseball Game - a longstanding bipartisan tradition in which Republicans play Democrats for charity - will take place as scheduled at 7:00 p.m. Thursday evening.

"Congressman Scalise is a friend, and a very good friend", Trump said.

"When a neighbor is hurting or under attack, the American people come together with generosity, compassion and prayer, and we always will", Pence said. A statement from Scalise's office released earlier Wednesday morning said Scalise was undergoing surgery.

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

"We've had a very, very divided country for many years", the president said during the signing ceremony. Donnelly said he developed many of his friendships with Republicans because of the events surrounding the baseball game.

While this was a time to put political divisions aside, Pelosi said, she forcefully condemned Republicans who sought to blame the attack on liberals and the rise of an activist left. "Players on both sides want to do that, they think it's the right thing to do".

"While the president would like to attend the game and show his support for all of these fearless public servants, he has been advised that there is not enough time to follow Secret Service protocols", the press secretary said. She noted that she has received numerous threats herself over the years, and is now the target of millions of dollars in negative ads in a House district in Georgia where a hard-fought special election will take place next week.

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