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19 June 2017, 12:48 | Israel Caldwell
House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise on Capitol Hill in 2015.
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He was hit in the left hip, suffering injuries to internal organs, broken bones and severe bleeding, in Wednesday's shooting.
U.S. Representative Steve Scalise, the No. 3 House Republican, has shown improvement in the past 36 hours after being shot by a man who opened fire on Republican lawmakers at a baseball practice earlier in the week, his lead surgeon said on Friday.
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 crowd chanted "USA!"
Also hurt but released from hospitals were two Capitol Police officers, David Bailey and Crystal Griner, and House GOP aide Zack Barth.
Trump, in a video message played at the game, said the event had "a much deeper level of meaning" because of the shooting. Three others were also shot including a Capitol police officer. Two lawmakers who were leaving practice when they encountered Hodgkinson before the shooting believe he was targeting Republicans.
The players planned to wear some Louisiana State University gear in honor of Scalise, a graduate of the school.
"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. His risk of death is "substantially lower" than it was when he was admitted to the hospital on Wednesday, and "I think that an excellent recovery is a good possibility", Sava said.
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The baseball tradition is said to have forged a friendship between Richmond and his fellow Louisiana representative Steve Scalise.
Republican Rep. Gregg Harper of MS gaveled in the session on Thursday, and Rep. Glenn Thompson of Pennsylvania opened the morning speeches.
The Democrats won the game, 11-2.
Played nearly every year since 1909, this year's congressional contest began with a moving tribute to the victims of the shooting, as well as the Capitol Police officers who helped take out the gunman.
Scalise was fielding ground balls at second base Wednesday when he was shot at a practice for the annual Republicans-Democrats baseball game.
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. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was seen hugging Trump-appointed Labor Secretary Elaine Chao.
"They saved a lot of lives", the president said.
"I'll miss the banter with him back and forth, but I'm sure there's some substitutes over there I can go pick a fight with", Richmond told reporters.
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Bailey was spotted Friday in the Capitol, on crutches and out of uniform, accepting congratulations from fellow officers. A USA official told CBS News that James Hodgkinson , the Alexandria shooter, had a list of names including GOP Reps.
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