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

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.

Doctors say Rep. Steve Scalise (skuh-LEES') remains in critical condition at a Washington hospital but is improving.

The first pitch was thrown by one of the two heroes of the shooting, member of the Capitol Police David Bailey, who along with colleague Crystal Griner are credited with taking down the gunman.

Scalise is sedated, but the husband and father of two has been able to respond to his doctors and family.

"The Congressman's status remains critical, we are encouraged by improvement in his condition over the last 36 hours", Sava stated.

The director of trauma for MedStar Washington Hospital said Rep. Steve Scalise's condition when he arrived at the hospital was "as critical as it could be".

As Scalise continued his grueling recovering, law enforcement officials proceeded with their investigation of the Wednesday attack at a suburban Virginia park, where shooter James Hodgkinson wounded several other people in addition to Scalise.

The hospital said earlier in the week that he had undergone surgery for internal injuries and a broken leg.

Sava said he was surprised by initial media reports that said Scalise was in stable condition.

"He's having a hard time, far worse than anybody thought", he said, adding that he hoped the country could become more unified in the aftermath of the shooting.

A congressional women's softball team has hit the practice field in Washington amid heavier security, a day after an attacker opened fire on Republican lawmakers practicing for a charity baseball game.

The president spoke about the 51-year-old from Louisiana again Friday during a speech in Miami. "He clearly knows that they're there and appreciates their presence", Sava said.

President Donald Trump says GOP Congressman Steve Scalise "took a bullet for all of us".

President Trump delivered brief remarks before the game calling for unity and noting that the entire nation was praying for Scalise. "The bullet traveled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs, and causing severe bleeding", according to a statement Scalise's office released by MedStar Washington Hospital Center. The others wounded were a police officer, a congressional aide, and a lobbyist. When the members of the Republican team were announced, mention of Scalise's name drew a standing ovation throughout the stadium.

  • Leroy Wright