Scalise undergoes more surgery and will require 'additional operations'

Scalise "continues to show signs of improvement", MedStar Washington Hospital Center said in a statement Saturday evening.

David Bailey, a Capitol Hill police officer who was part of Scalise's security detail and helped bring down the shooter, also was injured in the Wednesday incident but had recovered enough to throw the game's ceremonial first pitch.

US House Majority Whip Steve Scalise's condition was "as critical as you can be" when he arrived in hospital, but he's since improved.

President Trump delivered a videotaped statement, saying, "we will not be intimidated. the game will go on".

The House of Representatives' No. 3 Republican leader was in grave condition when he was first shot.

Earlier Friday, House Speaker Paul Ryan paid a visit to his injured colleague, who faces the prospect of a lengthy hospitalization after getting shot in the hip at a baseball practice by a deranged man with grudges against Trump and the GOP. Each side knelt on the field before the game began.

Duncan found that memory hard to shake Thursday night as he stood in for Scalise at second base.

"I'm hoping, since it's a charity, we'll have more people than we would have had", Williams said, adding that normally approximately 25,000 people attend. "That was humbling in a way".

But Democrats and Republicans recognized that what happened to Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise, the third-ranking member in the House, could happen to anyone in public life. He wore a purple boot.

Mika is a lobbyist for Tyson Foods and a former aide to Michigan Republican Rep. Tim Walberg.

There was plenty of amateur-hour baseball in the event, but also some breakout play.

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. That lasted until the end of the seven-inning game. "It's about Republicans and Democrats". President Donald Trump sent a message of encouragement, which was shown on the stadium scoreboard prior to the game. Still, the divide was good-natured, for once.

The nation, at least for one night, put aside their differences to watch some baseball.

On Friday, the hospital's director of trauma, Dr. Jack Sava, called Scalise's injury a "transpelvic gunshot wound" which had "fragmented, and caused significant damage to bones, internal organs and blood vessels".

The players gathered for a prayer before the game started. The other organizations benefitting from the charity are the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation and the Washington Literacy Center. They went head to head at Nationals Park, all for charity. Republicans have won 39, and they tied once.

"There is more risk involved in removing them".

  • Zachary Reyes