Republicans, Democrats Play Ball for 'Team Scalise'

FBI Evidence Response Team members mark evidence at the scene of a multiple shooting in Alexandria Va. Wednesday

Republicans and Democrats play one another in annual event, which raises funds for charity.

President Donald Trump did not attend but sent a video message of support.

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

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., speaks to the media following the House Republican Conference meeting in the Capitol on Tuesday, June 2, 2015.

Following a day that saw most congressional business cancelled, the Capitol's usual partisan combativeness was less pointed and warm words were exchanged between politicians with starkly opposing philosophies.

Mr Scalise and the others had been at the GOP team's baseball practice in nearby Alexandria, Virginia, when they were shot.

The surgeon on Friday said he was "a lot more confident and optimistic" about Scalise's recovery than he was two days ago.

"The congressman's status remains critical", Dr. Jack Sava, the director of trauma at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center, told reporters.

"Look, I signed up for this but my 3-year-old didn't and our families didn't", Richmond added. The first said that he "remains in critical condition, but has improved in the last 24 hours".

The lawmakers took the field with many wearing hats to honour Scalise.


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

Scalise has remained under sedation, although doctors have lightened the medication at times so that the congressman can communicate with relatives.

Although Scalise was able to talk on the ballfield, by the time he was transported by helicopter to the hospital, he was in shock. He also says that Scalise received many units of transfused blood for hemorrhaging.

"By playing tonight you are showing the world that we will not be immidatefd by threats, acts of violence, or assaults on our democracy", Trump said in a statement.

"It's been much more hard than people even thought at the time", Trump told reporters at the White House on Thursday, adding he also visited the wounded Capitol Police officer at the hospital. The FBI continues to process evidence in an effort to assess the potential motivations of the shooter, the agency said in a statement Friday.

Mr Scalise was among five people wounded in the shooting.

The hospital said earlier in the week that he had undergone surgery for internal injuries and a broken leg. He was shot in the hip but the bullet tore through his pelvis and injured internal organs.

The Illinois congressman grew emotional as he described seeing his colleague, Rep. Steve Scalise, lying motionless on the ground.

A high-ranking US congressman who was shot at a Republican baseball practice is facing a "more difficult" recovery than initially thought, President Donald Trump said Thursday.

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