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Scalise undergoes more surgery after Virginia shooting

Members of both congressional teams bow their heads for a moment of silence for shot Representative Steve Scalise in Washington Members of both congressional teams bow their heads for a moment of silence for shot Representative Steve Scalise in Washington
Melinda Barton | 20 June, 2017, 02:29

It has consistently drawn big crowds over the years and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity.

The bullet damaged blood vessels, bones, and internal organs, Sava said.

NPR congressional correspondent Susan Davis joins us now.

"Had Scalise not been there (with his protective detail) it would have been a slaughter", Taylor said somberly. "Look, we're one family here, and here's an opportunity to demonstrate that".

Scalise remains in critical condition as his teammates honor him at the game at Nationals Park.

Scalise returned to surgery Thursday morning. It may not last, but at least it has been shown to be possible. That includes - when the bullet entered, it traveled across his pelvis. President Donald Trump visited with Scalise's family earlier Thursday and later commented that, "He's in some trouble". This is what he had to say.

"It's been much more hard than people even thought at the time", Trump said. "We're going to pray for him this weekend". The third ranking member of the House Republican leadership, Scalise had been an avid player since his election to Congress in 2008.

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.

DAVIS: The sergeant at arms, Paul Irving, met again with Republicans at that meeting.

"I think we all have to think abut why it's so easy for us to just sort-of push these mass shootings in the background and move on". House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi today did offer one suggestion. That's just one more issue. The two have enjoyed a long-running ribbing over the game, which Republicans won last year to break a seven-year Democratic win streak. Obviously its objective is to raise money for local D.C. charities. "I wanna keep doing it and I can't wake up everyday, you know, feeling scared about my safety", said Murphy.

As in the past several years, Rep. Cedric Richmond, a Democrat from Louisiana, a close friend of his wounded Republican colleague and a player in his college days, dominated much of the night, from the mound and the plate.

"I decided [to come] in light of what happened yesterday", Lewis said. He's a pitcher on the team.

The game was dedicated to Scalise and the other victims of the shooting.

"And if leadership can not figure out a way to do it, I'll probably just introduce legislation to try to do it on my own".

Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, who was at Wednesday's practice and gave medical help after the shooting, said it would have "been awful" if the game had been canceled, and said Scalise would want it to go on.

SHAPIRO: OK, so because this game is so important to members of Congress, I have to ask.

"I don't care who wins".

Tonight's game comes at a time of escalating partisan rancor on Capitol Hill and throughout the nation. Republicans and Democrats sat in different parts of the park - fans could state their party preference when buying tickets.

Shortly after the shooting, Bernie Sanders, the former candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, said on the Senate floor that the shooter apparently was a volunteer for his campaign past year.

Addressing Scalise, veteran Democrat John Lewis said, "You are not alone". "It will be a very friendly rivalry".