Congressman Scalise Upgraded to Serious Condition, Showing Improvement: Hospital

Capitol Police Called Heroes for Taking Down Gunman

Pence tweeted shortly after leaving the MedStar Washington Hospital Center that he and his wife, Karen, had thanked doctors and hospital staff, and he sought prayers for Scalise and the others injured.

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.

Scalise, the number three Republican in the House of Representatives, arrived at the hospital in a critical state, facing "an imminent risk of death", according to Sava.

A spokesman for George Washington University Hospital said that Matt Mika, a lobbyist wounded in the attack, was improving, and that as of Thursday night his condition had been upgraded from critical to serious.

A law enforcement official says the gunman who wounded a top Republican congressman and several other people during an early morning baseball practice legally purchased his rifle and handgun. After Scalise was shot in the hip, the bullet traveled through his pelvis, fractured bones and injured internal organs.

Investigators say Hodgkinson shot House Rep. Steve Scalise on Wednesday before he was killed by police who had been guarding Scalise on the Alexandria, Virginia, baseball field.

He's had a second surgery and will be in the hospital a while. The 59th annual baseball game, played at Nationals Park in southeast Washington, looks to be a place where members can show it. "It's about Republicans and Democrats".

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

The FBI is still investigating the case and is looking through Hodgkinson's belongings, including his cellphone, computer and camera.

President Donald Trump is calling for unity in a video message to the Congressional Baseball game, telling the Republican and Democratic competitors "we are here to serve this nation we love and the people who call it home".

Following a day that saw most congressional business canceled, the House approved legislation offering health insurance tax credits to some veterans while committees pondered subjects from federal land management to cybersecurity.

"We will not give in to fear, violence or hate", Aguilar said.

"He's in some trouble", said Trump, who had visited late Wednesday.

The deciding factor will probably be Louisiana Democrat Cedric Richmond, who may be the best to have ever played in the game.

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