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Representative Steve Scalise returned to Capitol Hill for the first time since June. Scalise was shot when a gunman targeted congressional baseball practice. The Louisiana politician spoke about the outpouring of support he received from world leader
USA TODAY

As he crawled away from a gunman on a Virginia baseball diamond, U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise prayed.

“It gave me a calmness,” Scalise said in his first interview since the June 14 shooting. “It was a weird calmness while I’m hearing the gunfire.”

The first thing he prayed for: to be present at his daughter’s wedding.

“I prayed, ‘God, please don’t let my daughter have to walk up the aisle alone,’” Scalise told 60 Minutes in an interview airing Sunday night. “That was the first thing that came to mind.”

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The Republican House majority whip was fielding balls during practice at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandra, Va., when he heard what he thought was “a tractor backfire.” Moments later, he was lying on the ground, his pelvis shattered by a rifle shot.

He never saw the alleged shooter, 66-year-old James Hodgkinson.

Police said Hodgkinson, of Belleville, Ill., targeted Republican lawmakers practicing for the annual congressional baseball game.

Authorities have said Hodgkinson had a slip of paper containing the names of six Republican members of Congress — Scalise was not on the list, CBS News reported, but two of his colleagues were.

The Louisiana Republican was struck in the left hip — the bullet shattered his femur and did “serious damage” to his hip and pelvis, he said.

Scalise was only one of five wounded in the shooting, but his presence probably saved the…