Scalise Is Still In Critical Condition, But Doctors Are Optimistic

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Scalise has received two surgeries for his injuries since Wednesday, including a surgery on Thursday in orthopedic trauma to fix a broken bone in his leg. Sava said Scalise remains in the Intensive Care Unit in critical condition.

Life is getting back to normal on Capitol Hill following Wednesday's congressional baseball practice attack, but without one noticeable key player: House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., who was badly hurt in the attack.

The bullet entered Scalise's left hip and tore across his pelvis, cracking bones and injuring organs and blood vessels.

"The congressman's status remains critical", Dr Jack Sava, the director of trauma at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center, told reporters.

"I want to take a moment to send our thoughts, love, and prayers to Congressman Steve Scalise and his entire family", he said. "However, Scalise will certainly be in the hospital for a considerable period of time, presumably weeks".

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Because the bullet shattered, there may be hundreds of fragments in Mr Scalise's body and doctors do not intend to try to remove them all, Dr Sava said.

Republicans and Democrats fight for bragging rights Thursday in the annual Congressional Baseball game as one unit - Team Scalise.

Nonetheless, said Sava, "we fully expect him to be able to walk" and "hopefully run".

The 66-year-old suspect from Belleville, Illinois, was a volunteer for Senator Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign but whether he was politically motivated is still unclear, investigators said.

His comments came after he and First Lady Melania Trump visited a sedated Scalise and his family at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

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The Congressional Baseball Game for Charity - usually a low-key event that draws about 10,000 people - had sold more than 20,000 tickets and raised more than $1 million for charity as of Thursday afternoon, according to organizers.

Several other people were also injured in Wednesday's shooting before Scalise's security detail and other police officers gunned down the assailant, who later died.

The AP said many of those who played wore LSU hats to honor Scalise, who graduated from the university. He was fatally shot by police following the incident.

Capitol Policeman David Bailey was also wounded.

Lobbyist Matt Mika was shot multiple times and critically injured.

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It is not clear how much damage the bullet did, but doctors say such wounds can be serious if they impact vital organs. Police stood alongside the fence at the field where the women's team often gathers for early morning practices.

U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.), who visited Scalise in the hospital Thursday, said that on a recent foreign trip he and Scalise took, 90 percent of their conversations were about the game.

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