Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake added that he saw a member of Scalise's security detail return fire on the gunman for what felt like 10 minutes, even though the police officer was wounded in the leg.
Scalise was rushed to a hospital with a gunshot wound to the hip, which doctors said caused severe internal bleeding while damaging bones, organs and blood vessels.
Capitol Police Officer Crystal Griner was one of two officers wounded when a gunman opened fire on a baseball field in Alexandria, Va., where Republican lawmakers were practicing for a charity game.
The president made his comments as he spoke in Miami to announce a new policy on Cuba. Scalise will undergo more operations.
And leading figures throughout the American political spectrum, from President Donald Trump on down to local leaders, have taken note of the shooting as a cautionary tale for the nation not to let legitimate differences of opinion escalate to violence and bloodshed.
Bailey was not shot but was treated for a minor injury and has been released from a hospital.
Republican members of Congress played their Democratic colleagues in the charity game on Thursday night at Washington's Nationals Park in front of thousands of spectators. Democrats defeated Republicans 11-2. They chose to have the coveted Roll Call Trophy that goes to the victor sent to Scalise's office.
But, he had a friendly baseball jab for the Democratic squad after a lopsided contest: "We won't be as nice next year!"
Bailey, who's now on crutches, was given a hero's welcome by the crowd of 25,000 at Nationals Park, home of the Washington Nationals and the site of the congressional game. Both also said he adored his mother, whom he helped care for after a recent surgery, according to Adams Jones.
"Jennifer Scalise also is thanking the first responders who rushed to her husband's aid Wednesday and the staff at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, where her husband remains in critical condition". He was shot by Capitol Police and died of his injuries.
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.
The FBI said that the shooter's weapons found at the scene - a 9mm handgun and 7.62mm caliber rifle - had been legally purchased. Hodgkinson, a Belleville, Illinois, home inspector, had been living out of his van near the park. "While I wasn't here when Crystal was a student, those who knew her describe her as highly engaged and personable, a high achiever both in the classroom and on the court", college President Andrea Chapdelaine said in a statement.
A Capitol Police officer threw his crutch aside to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the annual Congressional Baseball Game, just a day after being wounded while helping stop a gunman attacking lawmakers.
Bailey received a hero's welcome from a record crowd of almost 25,000 at Thursday's game when he threw out the first pitch, and Barth also showed up for the game, walking with crutches.
Bailey, he recalled, was a "really positive, positive" officer. He declined to speak with a reporter.
Democrat Cedric Richmond, a fellow Louisiana congressman, said as many others did that Scalise is a fighter.
"One of the things I think we need to look at is what they have available for them should something like this happen in the future", Conaway said.