Annual US Congress baseball game brings unity after shooting

The single round traveled across Scalise's pelvis, "fracturing bones, injuring internal organs, and causing severe bleeding" stated the hospital Wednesday night.

Trump made his comments as Scalise remained in critical condition at MedStar Washington Hospital Center following multiple surgeries.

Members of the US Congress took part in the traditional Republicans vs Democrats baseball game on Thursday, with many wearing hats to honour Steve Scalise, the congressman who was critically wounded by a gunman as his team practised a day before.

Others shot were Capitol Police officer Crystal Griner, who was shot in the ankle; and Matt Mika, a Tyson Foods lobbyist, who is in intensive care at George Washington University Hospital after being shot in the chest.

The Republican congressional baseball team had been practising for Thursday's annual charity game between Democrats and Republicans when the gunman attacked shortly after 7am.

Within hours, the tragic shooting on a baseball practice field near Washington that left the shooter dead and a congressman and others wounded seemed to bring some foes in Congress together. "He is grateful for the fearless actions of U.S. Capitol Police, first responders, and colleagues", his office said in a previous statement at 2:30 p.m. EST.

In a statement, Texas Rep. Roger Williams, one of the team's coaches, said one of his staff members, legislative correspondent Zack Barth, was shot during the incident and is receiving medical attention.

David Bailey threw out the ceremonial first pitch on crutches at the charity Congressional game that Mr Scalise, the House of Representatives majority whip, had been due to play in.

"We are grateful to Congress for thinking of Rep. Steve Scalise during this hard time and recognizing him by wearing LSU gear in support of his recovery", LSU President F. King Alexander said in a statement.

Trump and his wife, Melania, went to the hospital Wednesday night. Because the bullet shattered, there may be hundreds of fragments in Scalise's body and doctors do not intend to try to remove them all, Sava said.

Hodgkinson, a Belleville, Illinois, home inspector who had been living out of his van near the park, had a social media page filled with criticism of Republicans and the Trump administration. "You could hear the panic in his voice", she said, adding that it was the worst phone call she had ever received.

Mark Sanford, R, SC said, "I think as much as anything, today is an act of solidarity of Republicans and Democrats coming together to say what happened yesterday is not going to cancel this game".

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