Asked if he thinks Scalise, the No. 3 GOP leader, will pull through, Richmond replied cautiously: "I'm prayerful he will pull through".
Aguilar plays outfield for the Democratic team; before the shooting, Scalise was slated to play second base for the Republicans. 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 U.S., that they are not just politicians - they are people and players.
The Republican's team was practicing their batting at the Alexandria baseball field when shots suddenly rang out.
A rifle bullet hit his left hip, shattering bones, tearing organs, and leaving him in a critical condition.
Congressman Steve Scalise is in surgery for a third time at a Washington, D.C. hospital.
The shooter, James Hodgkinson, was a small business owner in IL who defined himself publicly by his firm support of Bernie Sanders' progressive politics - and his hatred of conservatives and President Donald Trump. "He's going to be OK".
Trump said Scalise "continues his very fearless fight", but added: "it's been much more hard than people even thought at the time".
As his colleagues played baseball in his honor Thursday evening, MedStar Washington Hospital Center medical gave an update on Rep.More news: Mexico vs. Portugal: Confederations Cup highlights, score
The others wounded were a police officer, a congressional aide and a lobbyist.
Top Republican politician Steve Scalise's condition has been upgraded from critical to serious after he was gunned down at a party baseball practice outside Washington.
Later, the crowd of 24,959 burst into applause as Capitol Police office David Bailey - who was injured as he fired on the shooter - hobbled to the mound on crutches and tossed the ceremonial first pitch. The attacker, who was shot by Scalise's security detail and later died, was an IL man whose social media postings showed anger at Trump and the Republicans. Investigators are still studying James T. Hodgkinson's social media profile and activities leading up to the attack.
The FBI said it had processed a white conversion van owned by Hodgkinson, which was parked at the YMCA adjacent to where the shooting happened.
Following a day that saw most congressional business canceled, the House approved legislation offering health insurance tax credits to some veterans while committees pondered federal land management, cybersecurity and more.
The running tally of results has Republicans and Democrats both at 39 wins, 39 losses and one tie. The Democrats previously had a seven-year winning streak stretching back to 2009.
Some lawmakers said they also want to have greater flexibility to use office funds to pay for security when they attend campaign events in a public setting. It's a sentiment lawmakers frequently express after mass shootings or terrorist attacks, only to see their sharp oratorical elbows gradually return.
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.
Several Republican and Democratic members of the House of Representatives and Senate on Thursday said a security review was long overdue.