President Trump on Rep. Scalise's condition: "He's in some trouble"

Horror struck the GOP congressional baseball team's practice this week when a gunman open fired on the field, but the annual tradition - the 2017 Congressional Baseball Game for Charity - will still take place Thursday night as planned.

(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File).

House Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told CNN's Jake Tapper on "Erin Burnett OutFront" that despite party affiliation they were both on "Team Scalise" on Thursday.

"I feel a lot more confident and a lot more optimistic than I did two, three days ago", Sava said.

Mr Mika's family said he was still in intensive care but was able to communicate through notes - and had signed the game ball from Friday's congressional baseball game.

The House of Representatives' No. 3 Republican leader was in grave condition when he was first shot. Sava didn't address what organs were damaged.

Scalise had been at "imminent risk of death" when he was first brought into the hospital on Wednesday, and he received many units of transfused blood, Sava said.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise listens during an interview in NY on October 8, 2014.

As congressional Republicans and Democrats joined Thursday night in their annual baseball game, played this year in Scalise's honor, word came from the hospital that he remained in critical condition, but had "improved in the last 24 hours".

"Not here, but in our thoughts and prayers, Steve Scalise", said the announcer before the game. He'll need more surgery "and will be in the hospital for some time", according to the medical center's statement.

But Mr. Scalise is expected to recover.

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".

Also hurt, but released from hospital, were two Capitol Police officers David Bailey and Crystal Griner, and House GOP aide Zack Barth.

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. One person who won't be among them: President Trump. Scalise, of Louisiana, underwent surgery Wednesday night to fix a broken hip and another procedure to stem heavy bleeding.

The president spoke about the 51-year-old from Louisiana again Friday during a speech in Miami.

Scalise's wife, Jennifer, has been by his side, as Trump and others stopped by to pay visits. He remains in critical condition.

The highlight of the evening featured President Donald Trump delivering a video message to the assembled crowd.

  • Larry Hoffman