'Steve Scalise Took A Bullet For All Of Us'

Scalise, 51, and four others were wounded when an IL man opened fire Wednesday morning on the team practice in Alexandria.

In addition to Scalise, President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump visited Griner and her wife in the hospital on Wednesday night. "He's in some trouble".

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

"Steve, in his own way, may have brought some unity to our long-divided country", Trump said.

"Just because I'm passionate, just because a Republican is passionate about the things they believe in, that's not license for somebody to go take a gun and shoot one of us", Murphy said.

Steve Scalise, the Louisiana Republican shot Wednesday during congressional baseball practice, remains in critical condition "but has improved in the last 24 hours", MedStar Washington Hospital announced Thursday.

The gunman, identified by authorities as 66-year-old James Hodgkinson from Belleville, Illinois, was killed in a gunfight with Capitol Hill police officers during the attack.

The hospital pledged to provide "periodic updates" about Scalise. The other victims are recovering from their wounds, while the gunman died after a shootout with police.

Lawmakers who were there described a chaotic scene, with many members of the congressional GOP baseball team huddled in a dugout while Capitol police who were part of Scalise's security detail and local Alexandria police engaged in a shoot-out with Hodgkinson. The bullet fractured bones, injured internal organs, and has caused severe bleeding, the hospital said. "While the attack today was a awful surprise, Matt's presence on the ball field, helping longtime colleagues and friends was not", Mika's family said.

The president also asked for prayers for lobbyist Matt Mika, also critically wounded during Wednesday's attack on Republican members of Congress who were attacked while practicing for an annual charity baseball game. A congressional staffer, Zach Barth, was also injured.

Pence praised their heroism, echoing many others who have said that the tragedy could have claimed countless lives had they not been there and acted swiftly.

The Congressional Baseball Game for Charity dates back to 1909, and became popular enough by 1928 to be broadcast on the radio, according to a history of the game listed on a dedicated website.

  • Leroy Wright