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House Majority Whip Steve Scalise in critical condition, hospital says

17 June 2017, 06:48 | Brandon Parsons

After visiting Scalise Wednesday evening at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Trump tweeted: "Rep. Steve Scalise, one of the truly great people, is in very tough shape - but he is a real fighter".

He's also saluting the Capitol police officers injured in the attack on a Republican Congressional baseball practice.

"When tragedy strikes we are family", said Representative Nanette Barragan, who plays on the Democratic baseball team and invited all to attend the congressional charity baseball game at Nationals Park on Thursday night.

Scalise, who underwent a third surgery Thursday, is listed in critical condition after being shot through the hip.

"It's been much more hard than people even thought at that time", Trump said in a statement from the White House. Capitol Police increased security after a gunman opened fire on the GOP team practicing on Wednesday.

Some of Hodgkinson's social media posts bitterly lashed out at President Trump.

Later, the crowd burst into applause as Capitol Police Officer David Bailey - who was injured as he pursued the shooter - hobbled to the mound on crutches and tossed the ceremonial first pitch.

The episode marred what had been a night celebrating those wounded in Wednesday's murderous attack on GOP players practicing for the game. He died later from injuries sustained in a shootout with police. Mika was "shot multiple times in his chest and arm and suffered massive trauma" and now "requires assistance to breathe and will need additional surgeries".

Both said it should not take an incident like Wednesday's shooting to bring political adversaries together.

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Sava said Friday that there are hundreds of bullet fragments in Scalise's body, but "we have no intention to try and remove all the bullet fragments at this point".

The Republican congressional baseball team had been practising for Thursday's annual charity game between Democrats and Republicans when the gunman attacked shortly after 7am.

Vice-President Mike Pence paid a visit Thursday morning to Scalise, his former colleague when he served in the House. He says, "They ran right into the fire" and saved a lot of lives.

Earlier on Thursday, Republican lawmakers met behind closed doors to share reflections and pray.

Griner, Bailey and a third officer, Henry Cabrera, engaged the gunman nearly immediately, and Alexandria Police officers quickly added support upon arriving at the scene, eventually fatally wounding the alleged gunman, identified by federal law enforcement sources to CNN as James Hodgkinson.

Rep. Mo Brooks: "I heard Steve Scalise scream". Hodgkinson took down Steve Scalise, the GOP Majority Whip, who had been fielding ground balls near second base. Jeff Flake said Mika was the most seriously injured. While the top lawmakers, including Scalise, have security details, others do not and they regularly appear in public without protection.

The shots came in succession, blast after blast interrupting lawmakers' early-morning baseball practice.

Following an all members-briefing Wednesday after the shooting, Rep. Mark Walker, R-North Carolina, said there was discussion among lawmakers about using funds from their member accounts for security, but nothing final was decided.

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