United States congressman Scalise still in critical condition: Hospital

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It came the morning after Scalise was honored at the charity baseball game where he was supposed to play second base for the House Republican team. Republicans and Democrats play one another in annual event, which raises funds for charity.

This year's congressional charity baseball game is proceeding after a rifle-wielding critic of President Donald Trump opened fire June 14, 2017 on USA lawmakers practicing for the charity event, seriously wounding a top Republican congressman and three others before he was killed by police.

(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File). The other congress members present credit Mr Scalise's security guards - members of the Capitol Police - with saving their lives.

Scalise and three others were shot Wednesday morning at a baseball practice in Alexandria, Va.

Scalise, the No. 3 Republican in the House of Representatives, was among four people shot as Republican lawmakers practiced for a charity baseball game in Alexandria, Virginia.

As for Congressman Scalise, doctors say the bullet hit him in the hip, then traveled through his internal organs.

"He will be in the hospital for a considerable period of time, presumably weeks", said Jack Sava, trauma director at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, who spoke Friday about the Louisiana Republican who remains in critical condition at the hospital in the District.

That unity also is evident in the pulling-together of Washington and the nation to hope for Scalise's recovery.

"He underwent immediate surgery, and an additional procedure to stop bleeding", the statement said.

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Scalise is being treated in the hospital's intensive care unit. Infection also is a risk, especially if the intestines were perforated.

Republican and Democrats faced off in the the Congressional Baseball Game Thursday night, but the spirit of bipartisanship was alive and well following the assassination attempt on some lawmakers. Once it has lodged in bone or muscle, "it's not going to do anything".

"We fully expect him to be able to walk. hopefully, run".

"As far as winning and losing, I think that's far from anybody's mind right now", Flake said.

"I was there last night", he said.

Law enforcement officials identified the shooter as 66-year-old James Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois, who later died from injuries sustained during a shootout with police on the scene. "We love you." Lewis led a House floor Democratic sit-in previous year when Republicans refused to consider gun control legislation.

The congresswoman's wife, Jennifer, issued a statement Friday thankful for "the incredible amount of prayers and warm wishes we have received".

Several people stooped and kneeled down to write well wishes to the wounded. Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation said it was too early to determine a motive in the shooting or whether the attack was an attempted political assassination.

The House used a voice vote Thursday to approve a resolution lauding the Capitol Police for protecting lawmakers and stating that "violence has no place" in society. He remained listed in critical condition Thursday after multiple surgeries.

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