Scalise on the mend, now in 'serious' condition

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 among those shot by a gunman who attacked a GOP team baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday.

Scalise underwent his third operation Thursday morning and remained in critical condition at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. On Friday, a senior doctor at the hospital said Scalise, 51, had been at the brink of death because of extensive blood loss when he arrived at the hospital by helicopter.

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.

Doctors say House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (skuh-LEES') has a good possibility of recovery after he was at "imminent risk of death" from a gunshot wound to the hip two days ago. He added that Scalise "will be able to walk and, hopefully, run". Investigators are still studying James T. Hodgkinson's social media profile and activities leading up to the attack.

Republican members of Congress played their Democratic colleagues in a charity game on Thursday night at Nationals Park, home of the Washington Nationals Major League Baseball team, with thousands of spectators attending. The shooter was an IL man, James T. Hodgkinson, who had lashed out against President Trump and Republicans over social media.

Democrats easily defeated Republicans 11-2 Thursday in the 2017 Congressional Baseball Game, in an annual tradition that took on renewed importance in the wake of Wednesday's shooting at a GOP baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia.

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"By playing tonight we are showing the world that we will not be intimidated by threats, acts of violence or assaults on our democracy", said U.S. president Donald Trump, appearing on the park's giant screen but not attending.

Almost 25,000 tickets were sold for the game and it was on track to raise more than $1 million, roughly double what it did previous year, organizers said.

Trump said the universal support for Scalise and others wounded in the shooting might help heal the country's many political differences.

Lobbyist Matt Mika was shot multiple times and remains hospitalized.

Trump added, "We pray for all of the victims of this bad crime who are still recovering, including Zachary Barth and Matt Mika, both of whom are respected and cherished by so many".

Hodgkinson also contacted the office of Rep. Mike Bost, R-Ill., at least 10 times over the past year, a Bost spokesman has said, characterizing the emails and phone calls as negative but not threatening.

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