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Play Ball! Congressional Baseball Game Goes On in Defiance of Shooting

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The Louisiana Republican was reported in critical condition before the surgery. The bullet entered his left hip and tore through his pelvis, breaking bones, injuring organs and causing severe bleeding.

President Donald Trump visited Scalise at the hospital Wednesday night and later said in a speech, "He's a great fighter and he's going to be OK, we hope".

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 annual GOP-Democrats baseball game raises money for charity. He was transported in shock to MedStar Washington Hospital Center, a Level I Trauma Center.

"The major initial risk to life is because of the hemorrhage", which doctors now have under control, Sava said.

So far, investigators have not linked Hodgkinson to any radical groups, said a law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly.

During the assault, Scalise was shot by a 7.62 mm rifle bullet in his hip area and received serious injuries, including massive blood loss.

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Rep. Steve Scalise is still in critical condition, but his health is improving, the Congressman's surgeon said two days after Scalise was shot at a practice for the Congressional Baseball Game.

"Our family asks that you continue to pray for Steve, Matt Mika, Zach Barth, and all of those hurt in this attack, and keep them in your thoughts as they face recovery".

It came the morning after Scalise was honored at the charity baseball game where he was supposed to play second base for the House Republican team. "That is the source of unity, and more than ever, we must embrace it", the president said. Members of a contentious and polarized Congress used the backdrop of baseball to demonstrate that Americans are more united than divided on issues.

In that awful crime, the country also witnessed the incredible heroism of the Capitol Police, he said, adding that Special Agent Crystal Griner - who he also met during his visit to the hospital - raced into gunfire, along with Special Agent David Bailey.

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

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