Rep. Steve Scalise Still in Critical Condition, 'Has Improved,' Hospital Officials Say

House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise on Capitol Hill in 2015

Mr Scalise was shot in the hip when a lone gunman descended on the baseball practice in a Washington, DC suburb on Wednesday.

Dr. Jack Sava, director of trauma at Medstar Washington Hospital, told reporters that multiple surgeries appeared to have brought multiple internal hemorrhages under control.

It's already a victory for America that members of Congress made a decision to go on with their charity baseball game a day after a shooting at a practice field in Alexandria, Virginia, left House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and a lobbyist in critical condition and three others injured.

Members of both parties projected a sense of camaraderie, following Wednesday's tragic shooting that left House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, a Republican from Louisiana, fighting for his life.

The congressional baseball game will be played at Nationals Park Thursday night, just a day after Rep. Steve Scalise was shot and critically injured in Virginia. The crowd chanted "USA!"

The doctor said U.S. Capitol Police Special Agent Crystal Griner, who was also wounded in the shooting, "sustained a gunshot wound to the ankle, and remains hospitalized in good condition". The shooter was identified as James T. Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old home inspector from IL. Two lawmakers who were leaving practice when they encountered Hodgkinson before the shooting believe he was targeting Republicans.

Trump said the universal support for Scalise and others wounded in the shooting might help heal the country's many political differences. Scalise's colleagues will take the field wearing Louisiana State University baseball caps as a tribute to his alma mater. The popular annual face-off, which raises money for charity, is scheduled to go forward as planned Thursday evening at Nationals Park in Washington. "We will put this in his office until he's back", said Barton, referring to Scalise. The rifle round caused severe bleeding, and a doctor said Friday that when he was admitted he was critical with imminent risk of death, but had improved.

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The Democrats defeated the Republicans 11-2.

Capitol police could be seen going in and out of the ballpark throughout Thursday morning.

Played nearly every year since 1909, this year's congressional contest began with a moving tribute to the victims of the shooting, as well as the Capitol Police officers who helped take out the gunman.

In the history of the contest, Republicans and Democrats each have won 39 games with one tie.

The game raised about $500,000 for charity previous year, according to spokeswoman Meredith Raimondi.

She said Republican vitriol and caricatures of her had resulted in "calls to my home constantly, threats in front of my family, really predicated on their comments and their paid ads".

"Our family asks that you continue to pray for Steve, Matt Mika, Zach Barth, and all of those hurt in this attack, and keep them in your thoughts as they face recovery", the statement said.

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