Scalise upgraded from 'critical' to 'serious' condition

House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise on Capitol Hill in 2015

The doctor described how a bullet from an assault rifle entered Scalise's hip and traversed his pelvis, shattering blood vessels, bones and internal organs along the way.

So Young Pak, director of media relations at MedStar Washington Hospital Center where Scalise is being treated, gave no additional details about his condition. The crowd chanted "USA!"

The attack critically wounded House GOP Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana and also injured Capitol police officers, and a current and former congressional aide.

From the stands, Vince Wetzel, a resident of Sacramento, California, who is visiting Washington and chose to take in the game, said, "It's just a good call to put aside political differences and just play some baseball". Three others were injured by the gunfire from suspected shooter James Hodgkinson, who was killed by police. Two lawmakers who were leaving practice when they encountered Hodgkinson before the shooting believe he was targeting Republicans. Though the game pegs Republicans against Democrats, attendees and participating lawmakers showed unity in wake of the shooting.

President Donald Trump, who visited Scalise Wednesday night at the Washington hospital where he remains in critical condition, didn't attend, but recorded a video message played before the game. Numerous players wore Louisiana State University hats in honor of Scalise, a graduate of the school.

"The events of yesterday were devastating, and we know it will take time to heal", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, said. "Over the last century the Congressional Baseball Game's popularity has contributed to its evolution into a fundraiser for worthy and effective DC area charities including The Washington Literacy Center, The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington, and the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation".

"This game is always an important moment for both parties to come together to support charity, build friendships, and celebrate our national pastime", he said. He remained listed in critical condition Thursday after multiple surgeries.

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The congressional game, which dates to 1909 and is a summertime tradition on Capitol Hill, is a rare example of bipartisanship in an increasingly polarized Washington.

Republican Rep. Gregg Harper of MS gaveled in the session on Thursday, and Rep. Glenn Thompson of Pennsylvania opened the morning speeches.

Democratic team manager, Mike Doyle, a House member from Pennsylvania, said on Bloomberg Television that normally 8,000 to 9,000 tickets are sold. The event raised more than than $1 million for local charities, double what it did the year before, spokeswoman Meredith Raimondi said.

But Scalise can hope to make an "excellent recovery", his trauma surgeon said Friday.

"To the extent that people think this is just a game, they're wrong", Richmond told reporters Thursday.

"Our family asks that you continue to pray for Steve, Matt Mika, Zach Barth, and all of those hurt in this attack, and keep them in your thoughts as they face recovery", the statement said.

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