Congressman Steve Scalise remains in critical condition following surgery to fix injuries sustained after he was shot at a congressional baseball practice Wednesday, hospital officials announced in a statement on Thursday evening.
Doctors at MedStar Washington Hospital, where Rep. Scalise is being treated, discussed his condition on Friday saying that they believed he would be in the hospital for a considerable amount of time, possibly weeks.
Scalise was shot in the hip while practicing for the Congressional baseball game on Wednesday morning. Officials at the hospital said the bullet traveled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, causing severe bleeding and injuring internal organs. According to Sava, the bullet fractured upon entering Scalise's hip.
Mr Scalise, 51, a Louisiana Republican who is the No 3 House Republican, remained in critical condition at a hospital a few miles from the stadium after undergoing a third surgery on Thursday.
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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. Scalise, a veteran Louisiana politician, was reported by CNN to be clinging to life after surgery. A relative said Friday morning that his condition at George Washington University Hospital had been upgraded from critical to serious.
"So we all owe Steve a big, big thank you", Trump added. Scalise was shot Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Va., congressional officials say.
The man who opened fire on Republican lawmakers in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday was carrying a handwritten list of House Republicans' names, NBC News' Pete Williams reports.
Colleagues who visited Scalise sounded generally upbeat, but spoke more in terms of hopes than the confident predictions of the immediate aftermath a day earlier.
Trump said the universal support for Scalise and others wounded in the shooting might help heal the country's many political differences.
She said she knew of no obvious catalyst for her husband's leaving, though she mentioned her daughter had recently moved back home with a child.
Suffering relatively minor injuries were two Capitol Police officers, David Bailey and Crystal Griner, and House GOP aide Zack Barth. Capitol Police said they had "no evidence to suggest that the purchases were not lawful". The other victims are recovering from their wounds, while the gunman died after a shootout with police.
The FBI said it was investigating the shooter's "activities and social media impressions" in the months leading up to the attack.
First, Democrats and Republicans gathered around second base to pray at the spot where Rep. Scalise was shot.