Congressman in critical condition after being shot during baseball practice


Since then, the lawmaker has undergone multiple surgeries and procedures to stop the bleeding and fix bone.

Scalise, the third-ranking GOP leader in the House, "continues to show signs of improvement", MedStar Washington Hospital Center said in a statement released on behalf of his family. Scalise was reported to have been tended to by Rep. Brad Wenstrup of OH, a US Army Reserve doctor who served in Iraq, before his treatment at the hospital.

Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, who was at Wednesday's practice and gave medical help after the shooting, said it would have "been awful" if the game had been canceled, and said Scalise would want it to go on. Hodgkinson died after being shot by police.

Rep. Scalise was shot during baseball practice with the GOP team early Wednesday morning after a man approached the field and opened fire.

Hodgkinson had a history of posting angry messages against Trump and other Republicans on social media.

Scalise, who was shot in the left hip, was in critical condition Thursday at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

"He clearly knows they're there and appreciates their presence", Sava said. But he will remain in the hospital for "a considerable period of time" and faces additional operations.

The annual Congressional Baseball Game pits Republicans against Democrats, but this year the focus has turned to showing unity in the wake of the shooting.

The motive for the shooting remained unclear but authorities were zeroing in on the life of James T. Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old man from IL, in the months and weeks before Wednesday morning's shooting.

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Numerous players wore Louisiana State University hats in honor of Scalise, a graduate of the school.

The game at Nationals Park, Washington DC, carried on a century-old bipartisan ritual, this one tinged with worry about Louisiana Republican Mr Scalise, 51, and their determination to answer the attack by coming together in sport.

"I feel a lot more optimistic than I did two, three days ago".

Congressman Steve Scalise speaking at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Sava said Friday that there are hundreds of bullet fragments in Scalise's body, but "we have no intention to try and remove all the bullet fragments at this point". Still, on Thursday evening, this picture of American normalcy at Nationals Park in Southeast D.C. was, in a way, an act of rebellion. He declined to describe specific internal injuries.

Sava also said that Crystal Griner, one of the U.S. Capitol Police officers credited with saving Scalise and others at the field, sustained a gunshot wound to her ankle.

Five people were injured, including Scalise.

Trump added, "We pray for all of the victims of this bad crime who are still recovering, including Zachary Barth and Matt Mika, both of whom are respected and cherished by so many".