DC shooting has brought some much-needed unity to Congress

House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise on Capitol Hill in 2015

Interest in the charity baseball game has skyrocketed in the aftermath of the shooting, as staffers and lawmakers look to rally around Scalise and the three others who were shot: a congressional staffer, a lobbyist and a Capitol Police special agent.

Texas Rep. Mike Conaway described what sounded like an explosion, then lawmakers scattering off the field as police roamed in search of the gunman and engaged him.

During a security briefing, California lawmaker Nanette Diaz Barragán said Democratic representatives have been receiving threatening calls on their personal mobile phones, with the caller saying, "You guys are next", and "You Democrats, you Democrats", Buzzfeed reported.

Doyle told HOH it was important to play.

Other players echoed that sentiment. "I don't think anything's gotten worse, which is good news", Richmond told reporters Thursday afternoon, saying he had gotten updates from Scalise's staff.

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The game is underway at Nationals Stadium on what seemed to be a warm but breezy day, where the crowd gave a standing ovation for Rep. Steve Scalise. "We stand with the victims, their families and the American people on this hard day".

"He's in some trouble", said Trump, who had visited late Wednesday.

Brady shares a townhouse in Washington with Scalise and Reps.

Connecticut Sen. Christopher S. Murphy, who plays on the Democrats' team, said what makes Wednesday's shooting more tragic is "this is one of the things that's right with this town". It is a rare and genuine opportunity for Democrats and Republicans to put their divisions aside and show those gathered in the stadium and watching across the United States, that they are not just politicians - they are people and players. "I'm prayerful he will pull through, and I hope he does", he said. And throughout the whole game we will all be Team Scalise. Numerous players wore Louisiana State University hats in honor of Scalise, a graduate of the school. The Democrats will be in white and the Republicans will be in black.

Lucee Laursen of La Crosse, Wisconsin, interning in the capital for a nonprofit, said, "It's showing that we might have differences in political spheres but we come together for a good cause".

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Steve Scalise (R-L.a.), and four others were injured during a shooting at a practice for the game.

"The shootings are yet another reminder of the importance of reinforcing our democratic pluralist ethos and a political culture of respect", the group said in a statement.

"We're going to go to the game today, we're going to play our hardest to win, each team will".

The annual congressional baseball game in Washington has been hailed as a rare and welcome moment of unity among lawmakers of both major parties.

At the news conference, Barton joked, "Mike said he loves us and he wants to show support, but that's asking too much".

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Pelosi says it's "outrageous" and "beneath the dignity" of the House, adding: "How dare they say such a thing, how dare they". NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch praised the Capitol Hill police, saying that "good guys with guns kept this from getting worse".

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