Steve Scalise upgraded from 'critical' to 'serious' condition

Rivals ‘all Team Scalise’ as political baseball clash honours shot Republican

The man who shot House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and others at a congressional baseball practice this week had with him a piece of paper with doodles and the names of three lawmakers.

Congressman Steve Scalise remains in critical condition following surgery to fix injuries sustained after he was shot at a congressional baseball practice Wednesday, hospital officials announced in a statement on Thursday evening.

President Donald Trump, who visited Scalise Wednesday night at the Washington hospital where he remains in critical condition, didn't attend, but recorded a video message played before the game.

The congressman underwent another surgery Saturday, and the hospital said he was more responsive and speaking with family.

On Friday, the hospital's director of trauma, Dr. Jack Sava, called Scalise's injury a "transpelvic gunshot wound" which had "fragmented, and caused significant damage to bones, internal organs and blood vessels".

Scalise "continues to show signs of improvement", the hospital said Saturday.

The surgeon on Friday said he was "a lot more confident and optimistic" about Scalise's recovery than he was two days ago. He said it is now hard to predict how long Scalise will need to remain in the hospital but they should have a better idea of that in the coming days. Capitol Hill Police officers stand watch outside the House of Representatives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 15, 2017, a day after a gunman opened fire on a lawmakers playing baseball and wounded House Maj. More than $1 million has been raised for Congressional Sports for Charity so far, the game's organizers announced.

Republicans and Democrats play one another in annual event, which raises funds for charity. Yet, despite being the clear winners, the Democrats gave their trophy to the Republicans, asking them to place it in Scalise's hospital room.

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

The alleged gunman, James Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois, died shortly after the incident following a shoot out with police.

Lobbyist Matt Mika was shot multiple times and critically injured.

The charity game pitting Republican lawmakers against their Democratic colleagues was set to proceed as scheduled at 7:05 p.m. (2305 GMT) at Nationals Park, home of the Washington Nationals Major League Baseball team, with thousands of spectators expected.

Scalise, 51, who represents a district in Louisiana and is the House majority whip, had previously been listed in critical condition.

As the game progressed, MedStar Washington Hospital Center released an update on Scalise's condition.

U.S. Capitol Police officer Crystal Griner was shot in the ankle and remains hospitalized in good condition, according to The Washington Post.

Former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre presented the game ball to Capitol Police special agent David Bailey, who came out on the field on crutches after being injured in Wednesday's shooting, to throw out the first pitch to huge applause.

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