Hospital updates Rep. Scalise's condition while colleagues honor him at baseball game


Members of the US Congress took part in the traditional Republicans vs Democrats baseball game on Thursday, with many wearing hats to honour Steve Scalise, the congressman who was critically wounded by a gunman as his team practised a day before.

For now, Scalise remains in critical condition in the hospital's intensive care unit. "We have controlled the internal bleeding, and his vital signs have stabilized", Sava said at a press conference.

The Congressional Baseball Game Facebook page will also carry a live stream of the game and it will be broadcast on C-SPAN, a spokeswoman for the Congressional Baseball Game said.

Nonetheless, said Sava, "we fully expect him to be able to walk" and "hopefully run".

During the friendly competition, a D.C. -area hospital released the following statement about the condition of Rep. Steve Scalise, who was shot Wednesday while practicing for the game with his colleagues.

ESPN reported, "When the president intoned three words he said have brought Americans together for generations-"Let's play ball"-cheers rang out".

The gunman died from injuries sustained in a shootout with police.

There was a loud ovation when Special Agent David Bailey, one of the Capitol Police officers injured in the attack, threw out the first pitch.

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Hodgkinson, a Belleville, Illinois, home inspector who had been living out of his van near the park, had a social media page filled with criticism of Republicans and the Trump administration.

"He's in some trouble, but he's a great fighter and he's going to be OK, we hope", the President said.

Scalise was among five people wounded when the shooter sprayed rifle fire at congressional Republicans practicing for the game.

Scalise was rushed to MedStar Washington Hospital Center and was immediately taken into surgery.

Capitol Police Officer Crystal Griner also remains at the MedStar Washington hospital after sustaining a gunshot wound to her ankle, but is in "good condition and good spirits" the hospital said. Scalise will undergo more operations.

"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. However, Scalise will certainly be in the hospital for a considerable period of time, presumably weeks".

The two team managers, Republican Representative Joe Barton and Democratic Representative Mike Doyle, both vowed that their squads would win the charity game. Richmond, who plays for the Democratic team, said he had visited the hospital multiple times.