US Rep Scalise's condition upgraded to 'serious'

House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise on Capitol Hill in 2015

Scalise was one of several people shot by suspect James T. Hodgkinson ― a 66-year-old resident of IL ― who targeted a GOP team baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday.

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

"Tonight we're all team Scalise", House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said.

The wife of wounded GOP congressman Steve Scalise says she is thankful for all the prayers and warm wishes her family has received since her husband was shot at a baseball practice.

Scalise, the House majority whip, was one of five people shot when a gunman opened fire on Wednesday as the Republican team practised in Alexandria, Virginia.

The president made his comments as he spoke in Miami to announce a new policy on Cuba.

"We may have our differences, but we do well, in times like these, to remember that everyone who serves in our nation's capital is here because, above all, they love our country", he said. "We're all praying for Steve". The hospital planned to hold a briefing on his condition later in the day Friday.

Trump and First Lady Melania visited Scalise's family - as well as that of wounded officer Crystal Griner, who is also at MedStar Hospital- last night.

The game is a long-standing summer tradition in Washington, with teams of Republican and Democratic lawmakers competing on the ball field, even in present times, when fractious political debates are the norm. Democrats sent the trophy they earned to Scalise's office after the game. After accepting it graciously, Barton cracked, "Next year we won't be so nice". "He will require additional operations to manage abdominal injuries and other bone injuries".

Vice President Mike Pence said he visited on Thursday morning the Washington hospital where Steve Scalise, the No. 3 Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives, was being treated for injuries to internal organs, broken bones and severe bleeding after being shot in the left hip.

The FBI said that the shooter's weapons found at the scene - a 9mm handgun and 7.62mm caliber rifle - had been legally purchased. Hodgkinson, a Belleville, Illinois, home inspector, had been living out of his van near the park. Sava says Scalise has responded to family members while he's still under sedation.

"The members of Congress, the staff and the volunteers who were out at practice this morning care deeply about the causes they play to benefit", game organizers said in a statement released Wednesday.

The crowd started clapping and chanting United States of America after the first pitch was thrown by injured Capitol Police Officer David Bailey, one of the two officers on the congressman's security detail who've been credited with saving his life and potentially many others.

Rep. Steve Scalise is improving but is still in critical condition, according to an update from his doctors.

Bailey received a hero's welcome from a record crowd of almost 25,000 at Thursday's game when he threw out the first pitch, and Barth also showed up for the game, walking with crutches.

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