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

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

The Republican baseball team was practicing early Wednesday ahead of an annual charity game when a gunman who had ranted against President Trump opened fire wounding Scalise and others in the ball field outside Washington.

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.

"The Congressional Baseball Game has never been about Republicans against Democrats", said Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-C.A., in an opinion piece he wrote for CNN.

Scalise was in critical condition after suffering damage to internal organs, and his injuries will require additional operations, according to a MedStar Washington Hospital Center medical update late Wednesday.

Trump, who visited Scalise at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center on Wednesday evening, expressed optimism that Scalise would eventually recover.

Trump said he spoke with Scalise's wife and offered his full support to the congressman's family, calling Scalise a friend, patriot and fighter. The congressman has received "many units" of blood and surgeries from multiple specialized units.

More news: Congressman at shooting scene made 'frantic' phone call to his wife

"We will not be intimidated by threats, acts of violence, or assaults on our Democracy, " President Donald Trump said in a videotaped message at the game. Also shot were a congressional aide, a lobbyist and a Capitol Police officer.

"It was important to come together to show bipartisanship", said New Orleans resident Caroline Waller, who had traveled to Washington to watch the game.

It appears that Scalise, his Republican colleagues and others, who were practicing for a charity baseball game, were targeted by a man - who died from his own wounds - who disagreed with Republicans' positions.

"We've never been to a congressional baseball game before", attendee Larry Shindelnan told CBN News. Capitol Police special agent David Bailey and U.S. Rep. Roger Williams also sustained injuries in the incident.

"I feel a lot more confident and a lot more optimistic than I did two, three days ago", Sava said. At the time of the shooting Scalise, the third highest-ranking member of the House of Representatives, was being protected by Capitol Police security detail. The first said that he "remains in critical condition, but has improved in the last 24 hours".

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