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James T. Hodgkinson, 66, allegedly opened fire on a Congressional baseball team as Republicans were practicing for an annual game to be played at Nationals Park Thursday.

A high-ranking US congressman who was shot at a Republican baseball practice is facing a "more difficult" recovery than initially thought, President Donald Trump said Thursday.

Scalise, 51, sustained injuries to internal organs, broken bones and severe bleeding after being shot in his left hip on Wednesday morning on a baseball field in a Washington suburb.

While President Donald Trump visited the MedStar Washington Hospital Center where Mr Scalise is being treated, he did not speak directly to the Louisiana congressman.

Trump said Thursday that "it's been much more hard than people even thought at the time", but that Scalise is a "great fighter".

"On behalf of Steve and our children, I want to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for the incredible amount of prayers and warm wishes we have received since Wednesday's events", Jennifer Scalise said in the statement.

Trump said the universal support for Scalise and others wounded in the shooting might help heal the country's many political differences. "That's the source of unity, and more than ever we must embrace it, so on this special night, I leave you with three great American words that for generations have torn down barriers, built bridges of unity, and defied those who have sought to pull us apart".

Sava said doctors have controlled Scalise's internal bleeding and his vital signs are stable but that infection remains a serious risk.

Scalise, who has had two surgeries, will need additional operations and will be in the hospital for "a considerable period of time, presumably weeks", Sava said.

Four people were shot in the incident and the shooter, James T. Hodgkinson, 66, of IL, died from injuries sustained when he was shot by police, Fox News reported.

Crystal Griner, one of the responding Capitol Police Officers, was shot in the ankle. Matt Mika, a lobbyist for Tyson Foods and former congressional staffer, was also identified as one of those shot. Hodgkinson was shot by police at the scene of the attack and later died of multiple gunshot wounds to the torso.

Over social media he had lashed out at Mr Trump and the GOP. "We are forever grateful for the heroism" of the officers, she said.

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