Scalise has more surgery as authorities track shooter's path

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, who was critically injured in a shooting rampage.

"I feel a lot more optimistic than I do two or three days ago", Sava said.

Members of the U.S. House and Senate suited up Thursday night for the annual Congressional baseball game and played ball in a show of solidarity. He was hit in the left hip, suffering injuries to internal organs, broken bones and severe bleeding, in Wednesday's shooting. 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.

"The congressman will require additional operations, and will be in the hospital for some time".

More on this as it develops.

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

Trump also adds, as he's said previously, that Scalise is "having a hard time, far worse than anybody thought" following the shooting Wednesday.

Scalise was wounded when a gunman opened fire at a GOP lawmaker baseball practice Wednesday morning.

Trump's comments came at the beginning of his speech in Miami Friday announcing a partial rollback of ties to Cuba - reversing changes made by President Barack Obama's administration.

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.

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. He was transported in shock to MedStar Washington Hospital Center, a Level I Trauma Center. He's been undergoing repeat surgeries.

Law enforcement officials proceeded Friday with their investigation of the attack at a suburban Virginia park, including examining Hodgkinson's social media activities and his home in Belleville, Illinois. Capitol Police said they had "no evidence to suggest that the purchases were not lawful". The offices of both senators - Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth - turned over the emails to Capitol Police and declined to offer specifics about their content.

Bailey received a hero's welcome from a record crowd of almost 25,000 at Thursday's game when he threw out the first pitch.

  • Larry Hoffman