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Rep. Steve Scalise 'took a bullet for all of us'

House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise on Capitol Hill in 2015 House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise on Capitol Hill in 2015. Getty Images Drew Angerer
Nellie Chapman | 20 June, 2017, 03:02

\The #democrats emerged victorious, 11-2, but handed the Congressional baseball trophy to the Republicans, for it to be displayed in Scalise's office until he recovers from bullet wounds he sustained one day before.

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"He will certainly be in the hospital for a considerable period of time, presumably weeks", Sava said.

Rep. Steve Scalise, the third-highest-ranking Republican in the House of Representatives, is still in critical condition after undergoing the latest in a series of surgeries Thursday morning as a result of a gunshot wound to his hip. He said it is now hard to predict how long Scalise will need to remain in the hospital but they should have a better idea of that in the coming days.

Scalise was shot in the hip, with the bullet tearing through his pelvis and injuring internal organs.

Trump, in a video message played at the game, said the event had "a much deeper level of meaning" because of the shooting. Steve Scalise during practice days before. But a congressional aide-turned-lobbyist, Matt Mika, was shot multiple times and critically injured, and he remained hospitalized.

It also said that the Nationals, the major league team that plays at the park, has released additional seating for Thursday night's game.

"He is more responsive, and is speaking with his loved ones", the hospital said, adding that he had been downgraded to "serious" condition. Scalise was shot Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Va., congressional officials say.

Ticket sales picked up after Wednesday's shooting, eventually setting an attendance record, the organizers said, as attendees such as Alexander Hilten, 16, of Arlington, Virginia, chose to come to the game for the first time.

It emerged Hodgkinson had a social media page filled with criticism of Republicans and the Trump administration.

House Speaker Paul Ryan has paid a visit to wounded Majority Whip Steve Scalise at the hospital.

Scalise's wife, Jennifer, issued a statement saying she was thankful for the "incredible amount of prayers and warm wishes" the family has received since the shooting.

Investigators studying Wednesday's attack at a suburban Virginia park said Thursday that shooter James Hodgkinson had obtained his rifle and handgun from licensed firearms dealers. "America doesn't give out, America doesn't give in... if we don't play this baseball game and we go home, then they win", Williams said.

"I think there is a sense of unity and bipartisanship", said Laurel Haxton, 22, who works in government relations and wore an Iowa Raygun shirt to not be political. "He remains in critical condition but has improved in the last 24 hours", the hospital said in a statement.

Former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre presented the game ball to Capitol Police special agent David Bailey, who came out on the field on crutches after being injured in Wednesday's shooting, to throw out the first pitch to huge applause.