Stephen Colbert Praises Trump After Alexandria Shooting

Also hurt, but released from hospital, were two Capitol Police officers David Bailey and Crystal Griner, and House GOP aide Zack Barth. 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.

President Trump saluted the Capitol police officers injured in the attack.

He was hit in the left hip, suffering injuries to internal organs, broken bones and severe bleeding. "But for now, the members of the congressional baseball team have made the decision to go forward with tonight's game, which will be played for charity", he said.

More than 20,000 tickets had been sold for the game and it was on track to raise more than $1m, roughly double what it did past year, for charities, its organisers said.

So far, investigators have not linked Hodgkinson to any radical groups, said a law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

But lobbyist Matt Mika was shot multiple times and remains in critical condition, as does Scalise.

The annual congressional baseball game dates back to 1909, and Republicans and Democrats since then have each won an equal number of games - 39. The President who visited Scalise at the hospital with the first lady said the Republican was in "tough shape" and a "great fighter".

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.

Ryan condemned the shooting and praised the Capitol Police on the House floor later Wednesday.

After the lawmakers on the Democratic and Republican rosters rose from their knees in prayer, fans and players quickly got caught up in the traditional rivalry at Nationals Park in Washington.

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

Reps. Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania and Joe Barton of Texas - team managers of the Democratic and Republican baseball teams, respectively - called for their fellow lawmakers to come together.

The gunman had a rifle and "a lot of ammo", said Sen.

"As you all know tonight's game has taken on a much deeper level of meaning, beyond anything that we would have thought", Trump said in the video. The man calmly asked which party's lawmakers were practicing and Duncan told him they were the Republicans.

The shooting raised questions about the security of members of Congress.

  • Leroy Wright