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Gunshots Ring Out at Republican Congressional Baseball Practice

17 June 2017

Congressman Steve Scalise remains in critical condition following surgery to fix injuries sustained after he was shot at a congressional baseball practice Wednesday, hospital officials announced in a statement on Thursday evening.

"He remains in critical condition, but has improved in the last 24 hours", reads a statement provided Thursday by MedStar Washington Hospital Center, the medical facility now treating Scalise.

Despite his optimism, Sava said Scalise's condition remained critical: "He will require additional operations to manage abdominal injuries and other bone injuries".

Scalise, R-La., like other members of leadership, is assigned a full-time security detail from U.S. Capitol Police, who guard him in Washington and at home in his district.

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At Thursday night's game, they all will wear purple and gold in a show of support for Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who was shot one day earlier during the Republican team's practice for the annual event. The congressman has received "many units" of blood and surgeries from multiple specialized units. He had regularly attended the YCMA club across from the baseball pitch where the congressmen practised.

Steve Scalise faces a "much more difficult" struggle to recover from his gunshot wound than first thought, USA president Donald Trump has said. Authorities are investigating the incident but have not identified a motive.

According to the most recent reports from Medstar Washington Hospital, Scalise sustained major injuries. President Donald Trump cancelled his birthday events to visit Scalise with his wife Melania, leaving bouquets for Scalise's wife, and the wives of both Capitol Police officers, David Bailey and Crystal Griner.

"He's in some trouble", said Mr Trump, who visited late on Wednesday. The first said that he "remains in critical condition, but has improved in the last 24 hours".

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Scalise is sedated, but the husband and father of two has been able to respond to his doctors and family. A lobbyist, a congressional aide, and two Capitol Police officers were also injured in the shooting.

Thursday's game starts at 7 p.m.in Nationals Park and will benefit several charities.

When the president intoned three words he said have brought Americans together for generations - "Let's play ball" - cheers rang out.

The president, whose administration has been dogged by allegations of ties between his 2016 campaign and Russian Federation, later wrote two tweets suggesting that Democrat Hillary Clinton, whom he defeated in last November's election, should be under investigation instead of him.

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