Scalise Still in Critical Condition, Improving After Second Surgery

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

"Both were purchased by the shooter from federal firearms licensees", the Capitol Police said in a statement.

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

A Republican supporter holds up a sign supporting US House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.

Before the game, Republicans and Democrats prayed together on the field. He was shot only once, but the high-powered-rifle round traveled from his left hip across his pelvis and shattered when it struck bone.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) was upgraded from critical to serious condition, a spokesperson for the congressman announced on Saturday evening.

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Both sides of the crowd roared in appreciation when a photo of Scalise, who had additional surgery Thursday to fix damage from the bullet that hit his hip, was shown on the scoreboard. He has received multiple units of blood transfusion. Infection also is a risk, especially if the intestines were perforated.

Capitol Hill Democrats have a 7-2 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning at the 2017 Congressional Baseball Game, an annual tradition that has taken on renewed importance in the wake of Wednesday's shooting in Alexandria, Virginia. The fact that his injuries brought him close to death was not widely known initially. Hundreds of bullet fragments remain in his body.

The FBI has contacted at least one of the three congressmen to inform them of their inclusion on the list.

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

"I feel a lot more confident and a lot more optimistic than I did two, three days ago", Dr Sava said.

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

Rep. Scalise faces additional surgeries; condition still critical
The hospital issued a statement Wednesday night saying Scalise will need more operations after undergoing two on Wednesday. The Friday visit announced by Ryan's staff comes with Scalise in critical condition at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

Scalise will need more operations for his injuries, but doctors can't yet predict how many are necessary.

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred offered his thoughts and prayers after the shooting and endorsed the decision to play ball. Hodgkinson died after being shot by police.

The shooter, James T. Hodgkinson, was killed by police Wednesday after firing dozens of bullets during the congressional practice session. "I know you all will be playing extra hard tonight for Steve", Trump said. Members of Congress from both parties wore Capitol Police and Louisiana State University hats to honor Scalise's alma mater.

President Donald Trump is calling for unity in a video message to the Congressional Baseball game, telling the Republican and Democratic competitors "we are here to serve this nation we love and the people who call it home". He said the officers "might have put the guy down quicker if they had been able to use a long gun instead of just pistols". "And so I'm excited that we made a decision to do that", Texas Rep. Roger Williams, who sustained what he described as "an ankle/leg injury" while diving for cover during the shooting, told reporters Wednesday afternoon.

Most importantly, we are forever grateful for the heroism of Special Agents Crystal Griner and David Bailey, who saved the lives of everyone at the baseball field that morning, including Steve's. He remains in critical condition, but has improved in the last 24 hours.

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

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Lobbyist Matt Mika, who was shot several times and critically wounded, has undergone additional surgery and doctors expect a full recovery, his family said.

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