Steve Scalise Upgraded To 'Serious Condition' And Is Speaking To Family

Washington tunes in for Congressional Baseball Game

"He will be in the hospital for a considerable period of time, presumably weeks", said Jack Sava, trauma director at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, who spoke Friday about the Louisiana Republican who remains in critical condition at the hospital in the District.

Scalise is still in critical condition but is doing better, according to a statement from MedStar Washington Hospital Center where the congressman is now confined.

Scalise had been at "imminent risk of death" when he was first brought into the hospital on Wednesday, and he received many units of transfused blood, the doctor said.

President Donald Trump sent a video message to the game, highlighting Scalise who remains in critical condition on Thursday after several surgeries.

"Speaker (Paul) Ryan did himself credit when he said 'an attack on one of us is an attack on all of us, '" Larson said.

A Democrat ally of Steve Scalise asked for better protection for himself and his fellow lawmakers a week before the House of Representatives Majority Whip was left fighting for his life after Wednesday's shooting at a Congressional baseball practice.

"It's been much more hard than people even thought at the time", Trump said.

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Republicans and Democrats joined in a spirited, friendly rivalry Thursday at their annual Congressional Baseball game, many fresh from the penetrating horror of the ballfield shooting rampage a day earlier and all playing in honor of their grievously wounded colleague.

Sava said Scalise would need to undergo an additional operation within the next 48 hours and more beyond that. After Scalise was shot in the hip, the bullet traveled through his pelvis, fractured bones and injured internal organs. Two lawmakers who were leaving practice when they encountered Hodgkinson before the shooting believe he was targeting Republicans.

Trump said today his "dear friend", Scalise, "took a bullet for all of us".

Once recovered, Scalise will be able to walk and hopefully run, the doctor said. Scalise was on the second base when he was injured by a crazed gunman who was trying to kill Republicans Wednesday. "We salute them, and we also salute members of Alexandria Police, Fire and Rescue", Trump said. Investigators are still studying James T. Hodgkinson's social media profile and activities leading up to the attack.

Interest in the charity baseball game has skyrocketed in the aftermath of the shooting, as staffers and lawmakers look to rally around Scalise and the three others who were shot: a congressional staffer, a lobbyist and a Capitol Police special agent.

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.

A list of Republican lawmakers was found on Hodgkinson's body, CBS News reported, citing an unidentified USA official.

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