Doctors: Scalise remains critical, but 'excellent recovery' possible

Scalise sustained injuries to internal organs, broken bones and severe bleeding after being shot in his left hip on Wednesday morning on a baseball field in a Washington suburb.

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

Republicans and Democrats have swapped political insults for friendly rivalry at their annual congressional baseball game in honour of House of Representatives politician Steve Scalise, critically injured in a shooting rampage.

Hodgkinson, who had lashed out on social media against Trump and Republicans, was shot and killed by police officers including members of Scalise's security detail who responded.

Although the weather in Washington looks headed toward a near-flawless summer night, an obvious and immovable shadow is being cast over Thursday night's Congressional Baseball Game - a tradition that began more than a century ago.

The congressman's risk of death was now substantially lower, because doctors have controlled the bleeding, and his vital signs have stabilised.

Hodgkinson was wounded in an exchange of fire with law enforcement and later died.

Colleagues who visited Scalise, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, sounded generally upbeat, but spoke more in terms of hopes than the confident predictions of the immediate aftermath a day earlier.


"My dear friend Steve Scalise took a bullet for all of us and because of him - and all the tremendous pain and suffering he has endured, he is having a hard time, far worse than anyone thought - our country will perhaps become closer, more unified, so important", Trump said.

Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, who was at Wednesday's practice and gave medical help after the shooting, said it would have "been awful" if the game had been canceled, and said Scalise would want it to go on.

Doctors "fully expect him to walk", Sava said, "and hopefully run".

"So we all owe Steve a big, big thank you, " Trump added. Republicans and Democrats sat in different parts of the park - fans could state their party preference when buying tickets.

There were a lot of great images to choose from, but The Daily Caller News Foundation narrowed them down to the top seven. Two officers were shot, as were congressional aide Zach Barth and lobbyist Matt Mika.

Hodgkinson also contacted the office of Rep. Mike Bost, R-Ill., at least 10 times over the past year, a Bost spokesman has said, characterizing the emails and phone calls as negative but not threatening. On Friday, Bailey was spotted back in the Capitol building, on crutches and out of uniform, accepting congratulations from fellow officers.

"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", Scalise's wife, Jennifer, said in the statement. Griner remained hospitalized at MedStar Hospital after getting shot in the ankle, and Sava described her in good condition.

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