Scalise on the mend, now in 'serious' condition

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"He will be in the hospital for a considerable period of time, presumably weeks", said Jack Sava, trauma director at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, who spoke Friday about the Louisiana Republican who remains in critical condition at the hospital in the District.

"Most importantly, we are forever grateful for the heroism of Special Agents Crystal Griner and David Bailey, who saved the lives of everyone at the baseball field that morning, including Steve's", Scalise's wife, Jennifer, said in the statement.

A former congressman who formerly held the seat now held by Scalise says his condition is serious.

Now, doctors are "encouraged in the improvement in his condition in the last 36 hours", Sava said.

"Both were purchased by the shooter from federal firearms licensees", the Capitol Police said in a statement.

"It's been much more hard than people even thought at the time", Trump told reporters at the White House on Thursday, adding he also visited the wounded Capitol Police officer at the hospital. After Scalise was shot in the hip, the bullet traveled through his pelvis, fractured bones and injured internal organs. The 51-year-old remains in a critical condition.

Scalise was among five people wounded when a shooter sprayed rifle fire at congressional Republicans practicing on a diamond in Alexandria.

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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.

Scalise was fielding ground balls at second base when he was shot at a practice for the annual Republicans-Democrats baseball game.

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, said in a brief interview that Democrats would be reminded of "positions they've taken in the past that are not consistent with their voice for bipartisanship today".

House Republicans met privately earlier to discuss the shootings, pray and sign oversized cards for the wounded.

Trump is also crediting the congressman for bringing people together.

President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, visited with Scalise late Wednesday. Authorities were investigating Hodgkinson's social media posts, a cellphone, computer and camera. Though the game pegs Republicans against Democrats, attendees and participating lawmakers showed unity in wake of the shooting.

Investigators said in a statement that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has searched the van, which was parked not far from the Alexandria, Virginia, baseball field where Wednesday's shooting took place.

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