Team Scalise: Republicans, Democrats join on field for Congressional Baseball game

A physician treating U.S. Representative Steve Scalise, who was seriously wounded in an attack on Republican lawmakers at a baseball field near Washington, said Friday that his vital signs were stable but that he was still in critical condition.

Scalise's condition was upgraded to "serious", from "critical" after undergoing another surgery on Saturday, according to a statement from Dr. Jack Sava, the director of trauma at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

"He clearly knows they're there and appreciates their presence", Sava said.

Scalise was shot in the hip, with the bullet tearing through his pelvis and injuring internal organs.

Louisiana member Mr Scalise, 51, was one of five people shot when gunman James Hodgkinson opened fire as the Republican team practised for a charity game against Democrats in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday.

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

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Scalise's security detail and other police officers shot and killed the assailant, James Hodgkinson of IL, who had lashed out against President Donald Trump and other Republicans over social media.

Medstar Washington Hospital Centre released the update on behalf of the Scalise family.

"I think anybody that ever played baseball, the dream was to play in a major league stadium", Richmond said previous year.

Trump, in a video message played at the game, said the event had "a much deeper level of meaning" because of the shooting.

Because the bullet shattered, there may be hundreds of fragments in Mr Scalise's body and doctors do not intend to try to remove them all, Dr Sava said.

Scalise was fielding ground balls at second base Wednesday when he was shot at a practice for the annual Republicans-Democrats baseball game. He said doctors have turned down Mr Scalise's sedation levels enough that he has been able to respond to visiting family members. The dead man's social media posts indicated he'd violently opposed President Donald Trump and the policies of his Republican Party.

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Trump added that Scalise is "having a hard time, far worse than anybody thought" following the shooting Wednesday.

The shooting raised questions about the security of members of Congress.

The practice was being held ahead of the annual Congressional Baseball Game, which raises money for charity.

Long an institution in Washington, the charity game is traditionally played in front of a crowd of staffers, lobbyists and reporters.

Injured Capitol Hill Police officer David Bailey throws.

"A lot of times in politics we have divisions but it shouldn't come to violence", he said.

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