Rivals 'all Team Scalise' as political baseball clash honours shot Republican

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

Congressional Democrats beat their Republican counterparts in Washington's annual charity baseball game, an event marked by the shooting of Rep.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana, second from left, arrives for a Special GOP Leadership Election on Capitol Hill in Washington on November 15, 2016.

"The congressman's status remains critical", Jack Sava, director of trauma at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

Scalise was shot in the hip, and sustained grievous injuries as the bullet traveled through his pelvis and injured internal organs.

Sava told reporters that predicting Scalise's length of hospital stay was "difficult", but said it would be for a "considerable" amount of time, "presumably weeks". His condition is critical, and he will require additional operations.

"At the request of the family, we will continue to provide periodic updates", the statement concludes.

Scalise has remained under sedation, although doctors have lightened the medication at times so that the congressman can communicate with relatives.

From the stands, Vince Wetzel, a resident of Sacramento, California, said: "It's just a good call to put aside political differences and just play some baseball". He was shot by Capitol Police and died of his injuries.

"Most of us would not even think to consider that a benign wound", Sava said.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who was critically wounded during a baseball practice shooting in Virginia, underwent his third surgery on Thursday.

Leaders decided the game would go on as scheduled at Nationals Park in Washington, home of the city's professional baseball team, and the Democrats won, 11 to 2.

The Louisiana Republican was shot in the hip Wednesday morning in the baseball practice shooting by an IL man with grudges against President Donald Trump and the GOP.

Sava said that after being released from the hospital, Scalise "will require a period of healing and rehabilitation".

"Many lives would have been lost if not for the heroic actions of the two Capitol Police officers who took down the gunman despite sustaining gunshot wounds during a very, very brutal assault", President Donald Trump said of Griner and Bailey.

A congressional aide, a lobbyist and one police officer were also shot before police killed the gunman.

"So we all owe Steve a big, big thank you", the president said.

"That was tough for me", Duncan said.

With a crutch in one hand and a baseball in the other, David Bailey was a symbol of resilience on Thursday night.

The motive for the shooting remained unclear but authorities were zeroing in on the life of James T. Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old man from IL, in the months and weeks before Wednesday morning's shooting.

"The comments made by my Republican colleagues are outrageous, beneath the dignity of the job that they hold, beneath the dignity of the respect that we would like Congress to command".

  • Julie Sanders