Other view: Scalise shooting: Playing congressional baseball game shows needed unity

"This event is bringing people together", Golin's friend, Hannah Godshell, told ThinkProgress. "Our thoughts and prayers are with those wounded today and their families".

Scalise, R-La., was shot in the attack Wednesday morning at a baseball park in the D.C. suburb of Alexandria, Va. Four people were shot and two others suffered secondary injuries.

Scalise's security detail and other police officers shot and killed the assailant, James Hodgkinson of IL, who had lashed out against President Donald Trump and other Republicans over social media. They are going to all wear LSU hats in honor of Steve and I think that's a wonderful thing. Gabby Giffords was targeted by a gunman in 2011.

When Scalise arrived in the hospital, he had an "imminent risk of death" and was "as critical as you can be", doctors also said.

During their 20-minute visit to the hospital, Trump sat next to Scalise's bed and spoke with the congressman's family, said White House spokesman Sean Spicer.

Speaking in Miami on Friday, Trump said Scalise "took a bullet for all of us". "We're all praying for Steve".

The statement reiterates Cuba's commitment to "the necessary changes that we're making now as part of the updating of our socio-economic model", but says "they will continue being decided in a sovereign way by the Cuban people".

The congressman underwent another surgery Saturday, and the hospital said he was more responsive and speaking with family.

When the members of the Republican team were announced at Nationals Park, mention of Scalise's name drew a standing ovation from the areas designated for Republican, Democrat and nonpartisan fans alike.

Matt Golin, who lives about a half mile from where the shooting happened in Alexandria, chose to come to his first congressional baseball game after hearing about the tragedy.

Staff members, and even the young son of one of the members, ran for cover, jumping into dugouts and over fences. "That's the source of unity, and more than ever, we must embrace it, so that 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, ladies and gentlemen, let's play ball".

The bullet entered Scalise's left hip and tore across his pelvis, cracking bones and injuring organs and blood vessels.

Scalise represents the state's 1st Congressional District, which includes Jefferson, Lafourche, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Terrebonne parishes.

He was lying motionless and was "coherent the whole time" when Sen. With the chief deputy of the St. Clair County Sheriff's Department by her side, she said she felt "horrible" about the actions of her husband of almost 30 years.

On Friday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation identified the guns found at the scene of the shooting as a 9 mm handgun and a 7.62-caliber rifle.

Hodgkinson, who had lashed out on social media against Trump and Republicans, was shot and killed by police officers including members of Scalise's security detail who responded.

Hodgkinson's Facebook page is largely political.

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