US Congressman Scalise Showing Improvement After Being Shot — Lead Surgeon

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

House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise on Capitol Hill in 2015. Drew Angerer Getty Images

In this undated file photo, James Hodgkinson holds a sign during a protest outside of a United States Post Office in Belleville, Ill.

As congressional Republicans and Democrats joined Thursday night in their annual baseball game, played this year in Scalise's honor, word came from the hospital that he remained in critical condition, but had "improved in the last 24 hours".

At the practice Wednesday, Flake had raced to Scalise's side to provide water and first aid after the shooting stopped.

Capitol Police officers who were in Scalise's security detail wounded the shooter, who was taken into custody. He later died of his injuries, Trump told the nation from the White House. "U-S-A!" as the game began. "Their sacrifice makes democracy possible".

Dr. Jack Sava of MedStar Washington Hospital Center says "an excellent recovery is a good possibility", but says Scalise faces additional surgeries, a long hospital stay and rehabilitation.

His family said they appreciate the support they've received from lawmakers and the president, and are thankful for the bravery of the special agents. But Trump went on to say that "Because of him and the tremendous pain and suffering he's now enduring - and he's having a hard time, far worse than anybody thought - our country will perhaps become closer, more unified, so important".

At work Thursday, those pangs visited lawmakers like a too-familiar houseguest - stalking them down the Capitol's corridors, past the Senate chamber where a ferocious health care debate had already resumed, along the hall where some had stood one day earlier as survivors, still in dusted cleats and uniforms, unharmed but unsettled.

Shortly after the shooting, Bernie Sanders, the former candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, said on the Senate floor that the shooter apparently was a volunteer for his campaign past year. "Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms".

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The Democrats' manager, Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Pa., reminded his team to "Clear your schedules". Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas is placed into an ambulance at the scene of a shooting at a baseball field in Alexandria, Va., Wednesday, June 14, 2017.

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Scalise and four others were shot Wednesday morning during a Republican practice for the annual congressional baseball game.

If you don't have cable, the Congressional Baseball Game's Facebook page will stream live video.

The attacker, who was shot by Scalise's security detail and later died, was an IL man whose social media postings showed anger at Trump and the Republicans. Authorities are investigating the incident but have not identified a motive.

Scalise, who was standing at the second base plate, was struck by gunfire and collapsed. Rep. Mo Brooks, an Alabama Republican, said his colleague "crawled into the outfield, leaving a trail of blood". "How dare they?" retorted Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, pointing to a year of venomous attacks by Republicans including President Donald Trump.

"This is what I want to say: that we are Americans first, regardless of party", Sen. It was written on notepad paper and had the names of at least three Republican congressmen on it, including representative Jeff Duncan, who spoke with Hodgkinson before the attack.

Scalise's Chief of Staff shared a message from the congressman's family at a Friday press conference.

Lawmakers took cover in the dugout.

"ATF has conducted traces on these weapons and has determined that both were purchased by the shooter from federal firearms licensees", the Capitol Police, FBI, Alexandria Police, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said in a joint statement Thursday. Steve Scalise during practice days before. The man thanked him. Mika's family said the lobbyist was shot multiple times and was in critical condition following surgery.

Since the shooting, members of Congress have spoken about a need for unity, at a time when polarization seems to be at an all-time high. While the top lawmakers, including Scalise, have security details, others do not and they regularly appear in public without protection. Gabby Giffords was targeted by a gunman in 2011.

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