Rep. Steve Scalise's condition improves to "serious"

Rep. Steve Scalise's condition improves to

On a baseball diamond in Washington, D.C., there was a symbolic gathering of Democrats and Republicans that discarded all partisanship and came together as "Team Scalise".

President Donald Trump did not attend but sent a video message of support.

(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File). He was one of five people injured from gunshots during the shooting but the only congressman who was hit.

The president spoke about the 51-year-old from Louisiana again Friday during a speech in Miami.

"It's been much more hard than people even thought at the time", Trump said.

When Scalise arrived at Washington Hospital Center, a Level I Trauma Center, on Wednesday he underwent immediate surgery, receiving multiple units of blood transfusion, according to the hospital. The hospital planned to hold a briefing on his condition later in the day Friday.

Before they took the field, Democrats and Republicans gathered in prayer around second base as fans chanted "USA, USA". Though the game pegs Republicans against Democrats, attendees and participating lawmakers showed unity in wake of the shooting.

At the end of the game when Democratic manager Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Doyle was presented the winning trophy, he called Republican manager Texas Rep. Joe Barton to join him.

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After accepting it gracefully, Mr Barton cracked: "Next year we won't be so nice".

The announcement comes as the congressional charity baseball game, for which Scalise and his Republican colleagues had been practicing at the time of the shooting, continues as planned.

"We have controlled his internal bleeding and his vital signs have stabilised", the surgeon reported, adding that he will require additional surgeries to manage abdominal and bone injuries. The bullet entered his left hip and tore through his pelvis, breaking bones, injuring organs and causing severe bleeding.

The shooter, identified as James T. Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old home inspector from IL, was shot and killed by Capitol Police officers who were in Scalise's security detail. "We salute them, and we also salute members of Alexandria Police, Fire and Rescue", Trump said.

The FBI said that the shooter's weapons found at the scene - a 9mm handgun and 7.62mm caliber rifle - had been legally purchased.

Authorities also were going over a mobile phone, computer and camera taken from Hodgkinson's white van, which was parked near the ballfield.

The doctors said that while Scalise remains in critical condition, they "are encouraged by improvement in his condition".

The attack happened around 7 a.m. Wednesday morning at the Eugene Simpson Stadium Park where lawmakers were practicing for a congressional charity baseball game.

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