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Scalise Still in Critical Condition, Improving After Second Surgery

17 Juin 2017

The charity game, pitting Republican lawmakers against their Democratic colleagues, was set to proceed as scheduled at 7:05pm on Thursday at Nationals Park, home of the Washington Nationals Major League Baseball team, with thousands of spectators expected in the stands.

The annual charity game brings Republicans and Democrats to the field in a friendly rivalry.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer introduced Thursday's game. Both officers have been released from the hospital, and Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa said Griner is now in "good condition".

(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File). The opposing sides are paying tribute to Scalise, who was critically wounded when a gunman opened fire at baseball practice in Virginia on Wednesday.

In the course of Thursday night's charity game, which drew a record attendance to Nationals Park, MedStar hospital issued a new update on Scalise's condition, saying that the lawmaker "remains in critical condition, but has improved in the last 24 hours".

He received multiple units of blood, said Sava, who declined to describe the exact nature of Scalise's internal injuries.

Sava says infection remains a risk, after doctors performed several surgeries to stop bleeding and begin repairing abdominal and bone damage.

In the immediate aftermath on Wednesday the extent of his injuries was not widely known. "So we have no intention to try to remove all the bullet fragments at this point". Once it has lodged in bone or muscle, "it's not going to do anything". "He's the most likable friendly personable individual on the face of the universe".

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The No. 3 House Republican will also require additional operations before leaving the hospital Sava said, though he added that an "excellent recovery is a good possibility".

They said that his "risk of death" has substantially lowered than when he arrived at the hospital.

"Everyone's getting a bunch of death threats right now", Representative Ruben Gallego, a Democrat, told The Los Angeles Times. But in honor of Scalise's alma mater, he word a Louisiana State University cap - as did many others. "And so I'm excited that we made a decision to do that", Texas Rep. Roger Williams, who sustained what he described as "an ankle/leg injury" while diving for cover during the shooting, told reporters Wednesday afternoon.

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

Speaking earlier Friday in Miami, Trump said Scalise "took a bullet for all of us" when he was shot. "We're all praying for Steve".

Jennifer Scalise says in a statement that the family is "especially appreciative of the strong outpouring of love and support from our neighbors, friends, from Louisiana and across the country".

The U.S. Capitol Police said Hodgkinson used a 9 mm handgun and a 7.62-caliber rifle in the shooting, and traces run by investigators showed he evidently acquired the weapons legally. Everyone - Republican, Democrat - was on their feet, paying their respects to the man who is still fighting for his life in MedStar Washington Medical Center. The offices of both senators - Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth - turned over the emails to Capitol Police and declined to offer specifics about their content. Vice-president Mike Pence also visited the hospital.

Officer David Bailey recovered enough to throw the first pitch at Thursday's Congressional Baseball Game.