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"We're not going to let incidents like this change our way of life or our daily routine". "We don't need to be knee-jerk reactionaries".

House Majority Whip Scalise, 51, was shot in the hip by a rifle-welding critic of the president who sprayed bullets on U.S. lawmakers practising for an annual baseball game in the Washington suburb of Alexandria.

Scalise, 51, and three others were wounded when a man identified as James Hodgkinson, 66, from the St. Louis suburb of Belleville, Illinois opened fire on Republican lawmakers in Alexandria, Virginia practicing for the charity game.

Sanchez represents California's 38th district, a chunk of Southern California southeast of Los Angeles.

The Congressional Baseball Game began shortly after it's scheduled start of 7:05 p.m. (2305 UTC) Thursday.

"The guy's down to a handgun, he dropped his rifle, they shoot him, I go over there, they put him in handcuffs", Conaway said, adding that if the shooter had "gotten inside the fence, where a bunch of guys were holed up in the dugout, it would have been like shooting fish in a barrel".

Still, finger-pointing lingered as some on each side suggested the other had contributed more to the disparaging broadsides they've increasingly aimed at each other. The baseball team allows you to get to know members in a much friendlier way and bridges that divide that allows you to work better on legislation. Ticket sales for the game surged after Wednesday's shooting, putting the event on track to raise upwards of $1 million. A congressional staffer, Zach Barth, was shot in the leg; he was released from the hospital Wednesday afternoon, the Post reports.

"By playing tonight we are showing the world that we will not be intimidated by threats, acts of violence or assaults on our democracy", said President Donald Trump, appearing on the park's giant screen but not attending. But President Trump later added, "He's going to be OK".

"It's security for other people who are there, too", she said. Following the 2011 shooting of Rep.

But despite the applause, hugs and pledges of camaraderie, "there is definitely a somber mood", observed GOP congressman Steve Pearce, who was at the Republican practice when his colleague was shot.

The shooting has raised questions about lawmakers' security, renewed the nation's contentious debate over guns, and drawn new attention to the harsh rhetoric that reflects America's political polarisation. Find out at the WND Superstore in "Socialism: A Clear and Present Danger", "Throw Them All Out", "Inside the Beltway", "Capitol Punishment" and many more. "They hurt", she said.

He refused to detail Scalise's injuries, but said that he would guess there are "hundreds of fragments" in Scalise and he has "no intention to remove all bullet fragments at this point" due to the high risk of looking for them.

"The Congressional Baseball Game has never been about Republicans against Democrats", said Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Calif., in an opinion piece he wrote for CNN before the game. "It teaches you to be a good sport, how to try hard, how to persevere and put forth a team effort". And Ralph Norman, a South Carolina Republican running for Congress, said he has a concealed carry permit and thinks members of Congress should be able to protect themselves. "They lived here. Their kids grew up here".

Richmond talked about their bond Thursday after visiting Scalise and his family at the hospital. "We tend to live in echo chambers, so maybe when there's a more personal foundation in Washington it could ease political tension".