U.S. congressman Scalise still in critical condition: Hospital

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, critically injured in a shooting rampage.

Doctors treating wounded House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise have upgraded his condition from "critical" to "serious". Brooks went into slightly more detail.

Republicans and Democrats put aside their differences to root for "Team Scalise" during the Congressional Baseball Game this year. After Scalise was shot in the hip, the bullet traveled through his pelvis, fractured bones and injured internal organs.

When Rep. Roger Williams returned to the Capitol on Wednesday, visibly shaken and on crutches following the shooting at the Republicans' congressional baseball practice that morning, the first thing he addressed was the response of Capitol Police officers on site. While the congressman was awake on the baseball field, by the time he was transported to the hospital, he was in shock and immediately received units of transfused blood. The Congressman will require additional operations, and will be in the hospital for some time.

Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, who was at Wednesday's practice and gave medical help after the shooting, said it would have "been awful" if the game had been canceled, and said Scalise would want it to go on.

The baseball tradition is said to have forged a friendship between Richmond and fellow Louisiana Rep. Scalise. The FBI continues to process evidence in an effort to assess the potential motivations of the shooter, the agency said in a statement on Friday. Republicans and Democrats play one another in annual event, which raises funds for charity.

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

Jennifer Scalise says in a statement that the family is "especially appreciative of the strong outpouring of love and support from our neighbors, friends, from Louisiana and across the country".

Law enforcement officials identified the shooter as 66-year-old James Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois, who later died from injuries sustained during a shootout with police on the scene.

But he added: "We fully expect him to be able to walk", and "hopefully run". "I'm prayerful he will pull through, and I hope he does", he said. 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.

Members of the U.S. Capitol Police engaged in a shootout with the assailant on Wednesday, and lawmakers said their presence probably prevented many deaths. Hodgkinson maintained a social media presence that was pro-Bernie Sanders and anti-Republican. The shooter was an IL man, James T. Hodgkinson, who had lashed out against President Trump and Republicans over social media.

"It's been much more hard than people even thought at the time", Trump said.

  • Larry Hoffman