Other view: Scalise shooting: Playing congressional baseball game shows needed unity

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"He will recover from this assault - and Steve, I want you to know that you have the prayers not only of the entire city behind you, but of an entire nation, and frankly the entire world".

Doctors at MedStar Washington Hospital, where Rep. Scalise is being treated, discussed his condition on Friday saying that they believed he would be in the hospital for a considerable amount of time, possibly weeks.

Sava estimates there are hundreds of bullet fragments in Scalise's pelvis and says doctors don't intend to try to remove them all, as that could cause more harm than good. They signed oversized cards for the wounded.

The alleged shooter, identified by police as James Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Illinois, was killed in a shootout with police Wednesday morning after shooting Scalise, Griner and two others.

"(I'm) feeling really good", Scalise said about the game last week.

Democrats cautioned against falling into partisanship or laying blame.

"We will not give in to fear, violence or hate", Aguilar said.

Trump and first lady Melania Trump visited the hospital Wednesday evening.

Scalise, 51, the No. 3 House Republican leader, was first elected in 2008.

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Rep. Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland, the Democratic whip, resolved to wear a "Team Scalise" shirt to the game.

Law enforcement officials also said they are continuing to investigate Hodgkinson and "his activities and social media impressions in the months leading up to yesterday's incident". A congressional staffer, Zach Barth, was shot in the leg; he was released from the hospital Wednesday afternoon, the Post reports. "He remains in critical condition, but has improved in the last 24 hours".

Republicans and Democrats joined in a spirited, friendly rivalry Thursday at their annual Congressional Baseball game, many fresh from the penetrating horror of the ballfield shooting rampage a day earlier and all playing in honor of their grievously wounded colleague. The 59th annual baseball game, played at Nationals Park in southeast Washington, looks to be a place where members can show it.

Although the weather in Washington looks headed toward a near-flawless summer night, an obvious and immovable shadow is being cast over Thursday night's Congressional Baseball Game - a tradition that began more than a century ago.

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. Democratic former Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille said he had spoken often with the man on recent mornings at the nearby YMCA.

The GOP lawmakers' team was taking batting practice when gunshots rang out and chaos erupted.

Scalise was fielding balls at second base when he was shot, according to lawmakers present.

"We started giving him the liquids, I put pressure on his wound in his hip", Brooks said.

Georgia GOP Sen. David Perdue said it was unrealistic to provide security for every member of Congress. It was written on notepad paper and had the names of at least three Republican congressmen on it, including representative Jeff Duncan, who spoke with Hodgkinson before the attack.

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