Democrats win Congressional Baseball Game for Charity; Scalise honored with LSU gear

FBI Evidence Response Team members mark evidence at the scene of a multiple shooting in Alexandria Va. Wednesday

FBI Evidence Response Team members mark evidence at the scene of a multiple shooting in Alexandria Va. Wednesday

The hospital where Rep. Steve Scalise is recuperating from a gunshot wound says he "remains in critical condition, but has improved in the last 24 hours".

Doctors rushed Mr Scalise to surgery, pumping blood into his body to counteract his multiple haemorrhages. "I would say that when he arrived, he was in critical condition with an imminent risk of death".

"I feel a lot more confident and a lot more optimistic than I did two or three days ago".

Sava said that after being released from the hospital, Scalise "will require a period of healing and rehabilitation".

Bailey is a member of Congressman Steve Scalise's protective detail.

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Hodgkinson was fatally shot during an exchange on gunfire with police during the rampage. The bullet that struck Scalise tore through his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs and causing severe bleeding, the hospital said. Although "infection is a significant risk", the physician said, "an excellent recovery is a good possibility".

Steve Scalise, who was shot in the left hip, had surgery Thursday related to his internal injuries and a broken bone in his leg.

Supporters of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., hold signs before the Congressional baseball game, Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Washington.

U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise speaks to the media after a meeting at Trump Tower on December 12, 2016, in New York City. He has been sedated, but has been brought out of sedation periodically and been able to recognize and communicate with his family, Sava said.

"Jennifer Scalise also is thanking the first responders who rushed to her husband's aid Wednesday and the staff at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, where her husband remains in critical condition".

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The hospital has further stated that Scalise will need to undergo further operations. Scalise was hit as a gunman sprayed bullets into a GOP congressional baseball practice outside Washington D.C.

It emerged Hodgkinson had a social media page filled with criticism of Republicans and the Trump administration.

Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, who was at Wednesday's practice and gave medical help after the shooting, said it would have "been awful" if the game had been canceled, and said Scalise would want it to go on.

The game at Nationals Park, Washington DC, carried on a century-old bipartisan ritual, this one tinged with worry about Louisiana Republican Mr Scalise, 51, and the determination to answer the attack by coming together in sport. "If you belong to the gym, they think 'well, that's a perk you shouldn't have,"' said Rep. Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania, the manager of the Democratic team.

The shooter is identified as James T. Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Illinois. "He clearly knows that they're there and appreciates their presence", Sava said.

Congressional ball game an act of unity and defiance of violence
Authorities also confirm Hodgkinson legally purchased a 9 mm handgun and an assault-style rifle from licensed firearms sellers. Alex Jahangir, an orthopedic trauma surgeon at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, who was not involved in Scalise's care.

Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent in charge Tim Slater said it was "too early to say" whether it was an act of terrorism, or whether Scalise was targeted. His aide, Zack Barth, who was shot by the Virginia assailant, walked across the field on crutches.

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