Trump Addresses Congressional Baseball Crowd to Call for Unity: 'Let's Play Ball'

The Louisiana Republican is recovering from "substantial damage" he suffered when a bullet pierced his left hip and traveled directly across to the other hip, Dr. Jack Sava of MedStar Washington Hospital Center said Friday.

Lobbyist Matt Mika, who was shot multiple times and critically wounded, has undergone additional surgery and doctors expect a full recovery, his family said Saturday. He arrived "in critical condition with an imminent risk of death", Sava said, adding that now, "we are encouraged by improvement in his condition".

The shot fired at Scalise left perhaps hundreds of bullet fragments internally, many of which may never be removed because surgery might be more risky than leaving them in place, Sava said.

In the meantime, Neal is asking people to keep the congressman and his family in their thoughts and prayers. "We are forever grateful for the heroism" of the officers, she said.

President Donald Trump said in a taped message to the players and spectators that coming together for a ball game a day after a tragedy shows "the world that we will not be intimidated by assaults. on our democracy".

Scalise remains in critical condition but his vital signs have stabilized and doctors have lifted sedation enough for him to respond to family members. "He clearly knows that they're there and appreciates their presence", Sava said.

"The Congressional Baseball Game has never been about Republicans against Democrats", said Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Calif., in an opinion piece he wrote for CNN.

The surgeon said there were hundreds of bullet fragments in Mr Scalise's body, but "we have no intention to try and remove all the bullet fragments at this point".

Police said it was unclear whether James Hodgkinson planned to target the lawmakers on his list, which included Reps.

President Trump is not planning to attend the game because of security concerns, the White House said Wednesday.

Later, the crowd burst into applause as Capitol Police Officer David Bailey - who was injured as he pursued the shooter - hobbled to the mound on crutches and tossed the ceremonial first pitch.

Scalise and three other people were shot early Wednesday at a park in suburban Washington as they practised for a congressional charity baseball game.

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