US Lawmaker Shot at Baseball Practice Remains in Critical Condition

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The annual GOP-Democrats baseball game raises money for charity.

In addition to Scalise, a police officer, a congressional aide and a lobbyist were shot on Wednesday morning when a man opened fire as the Republican lawmakers practiced for the game in the Washington suburb of Alexandria, Virginia.

(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File).

Because Scalise is a member of House leadership, Capitol Police were present at the field.

Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R) of Tennessee scored in the first inning, enjoying a different sort of adrenaline than the one he experienced Wednesday when he passed by the shooter over bloodied ground to take shelter in a dugout - confessing later that "the fear factor was horrific".

"We have controlled the internal bleeding and his vital signs have stabilized", said Dr. Jack Sava, director of trauma at Washington MedStar Hospital Center, briefing reporters.

"I visited Steve, his wife, and his family in the hospital as he continues to fight for his recovery".

On Thursday, the hospital reiterated that Scalise will need more operations and will be in the hospital "for some time".

The shot fired at Scalise left perhaps hundreds of bullet fragments internally, many of which may never be removed because surgery might be more unsafe than leaving them in place, Sava said.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said that on Thursday night, everyone will be "Team Scalise".

Sava said the congressman remains sedated but was able to "respond to family members" and physicians.

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Thousands poured into Nationals Park for the annual Congressional Baseball Game a day after a gunman opened fire on a practice game for the event.

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Sava said Friday that there are hundreds of bullet fragments in Scalise's body, but "we have no intention to try and remove all the bullet fragments at this point". Once it has lodged in bone or muscle, "it's not going to do anything".

Still, finger-pointing lingered as some on each side suggested the other had contributed more to the disparaging broadsides they've increasingly aimed at each other. "I feel a lot more optimistic than I did two, three days ago".

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

Scalise remains in critical condition at a hospital near the Capitol and has undergone multiple surgeries. "He's the most likable friendly personable individual on the face of the universe".

"I've had threats, and most members I know have had threats", the Louisiana Democrat said.

Speaking in Miami on Friday, Trump said Scalise "took a bullet for all of us".

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

President Trump saluted the Capitol police officers injured in the attack. Capitol Police said they had "no evidence to suggest that the purchases were not lawful". He declined to describe specific internal injuries.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said he condemned the shooting "in the strongest possible terms" after he learned the shooter had volunteered on his Democratic presidential campaign.

"It's a good way to meet colleagues in a short period of time", Scalise said shortly after he was elected to Congress, in 2008.

Bailey was spotted Friday in the Capitol, on crutches and out of uniform, accepting congratulations from fellow officers.

"We continue to hold all of those wounded and fighting for recovery in our hearts and prayers, including Matt Mika, who was also badly wounded", he added.

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