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Shot congressman Steve Scalise off the critical list

18 June 2017

Democrats easily defeated Republicans 11-2 Thursday in the 2017 Congressional Baseball Game, in an annual tradition that took on renewed importance in the wake of Wednesday's shooting at a GOP baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia.

U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise underwent an additional surgery on Saturday and his condition was upgraded to "serious", three days after he was shot in the hip when a gunman opened fire at a Republican congressional baseball practice, hospital officials said.

Scalise, 51, and four others were wounded when an IL man opened fire Wednesday morning on the team practice in Alexandria.

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

The crowd started clapping and chanting United States of America after the first pitch was thrown by injured Capitol Police Officer David Bailey, one of the two officers on the congressman's security detail who've been credited with saving his life and potentially many others.

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The first pitch was thrown by one of the two heroes of the shooting, member of the Capitol Police David Bailey, who along with colleague Crystal Griner are credited with taking down the gunman.

Scalise is being treated in the hospital's intensive care unit.

Zach Barth, a staffer for Republican Congressman Roger Williams, and Matt Mika, director of government relations for Tyson Foods, were wounded in the attack.

"What a great job they did", Trump said over thunderous cheers and applause.

Jennifer Scalise says in a statement that the family is "especially appreciative of the strong outpouring of love and support from our neighbors, friends, from Louisiana and across the country".

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The shooter was killed by police officers whose work won praise from Trump in his remarks. Hodgkinson maintained a social media presence that was pro-Bernie Sanders and anti-Republican. But Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in the House of Representatives, criticised some Republicans who have blamed the shooting on vitriol from the political left.

The practice was being held ahead of the annual Congressional Baseball Game, which raises money for charity.

Scalise was rushed to MedStar Washington Hospital Center and was immediately taken into surgery.

Sava said the congressman remains sedated but was able to "respond to family members" and physicians.

"As far as winning and losing, I think that's far from anybody's mind right now", he said. Despite the shooting, the game is scheduled to go forward as planned Thursday evening at Nationals Park.

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Shot congressman Steve Scalise off the critical list