Scalise remains in critical condition following third surgery

The 59th annual baseball game, played at Nationals Park in southeast Washington, looks to be a place where members can show it.

In a statement, the hospital said Mr Scalise had "sustained a single rifle shot to the left hip".

Interest in the charity baseball game has skyrocketed in the aftermath of the shooting, as staffers and lawmakers look to rally around Scalise and the three others who were shot: a congressional staffer, a lobbyist and a Capitol Police special agent.

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.

Scalise, of Louisiana, underwent surgery Wednesday night to fix a broken hip and another procedure to stem heavy bleeding.

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

The annual Congressional Baseball Game pits Republicans against Democrats, but this year the focus has turned to showing unity in the wake of the shooting.

"In Washington we have our disagreements, but we all agree that we are here to serve this nation we love and the people who call it home", he said.

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

Hodgkinson, from IL, died in hospital of gunshot wounds sustained in a gun battle with Capitol Hill police.

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

Sava said Friday that there are hundreds of bullet fragments in Scalise's body, but "we have no intention to try and remove all the bullet fragments at this point".

Sava said that "an excellent recovery is a good possibility". She also thanked the Capitol Police officers for their heroic actions.

While President Donald Trump visited the MedStar Washington Hospital Center where Mr Scalise is being treated, he did not speak directly to the Louisiana congressman.

"This game is always an important moment for both parties to come together to support charity, build friendships, and celebrate our national pastime", he said. "The Scalise family greatly appreciates the outpouring of thoughts and prayers". And President Trump came by Wednesday evening. Capitol Police officer David Bailey and Texas Rep. Roger Williams were also injured during the incident.

In a final flourish of bipartisan camaraderie, Democrat Mike Doyle, his team's manager, accepted the trophy, then gave it to his Republican counterpart Joe Barton to put in Mr Scalise's office on behalf of the Democrats.

  • Julie Sanders