Rep. Steve Scalise Still in Critical Condition, 'Has Improved,' Hospital Officials Say

House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise on Capitol Hill in 2015

House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise on Capitol Hill in 2015. Getty Images Drew Angerer

Scalise was shot Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, .

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.

Hodgkinson, from IL, who had lashed out against U.S. president Donald Trump and other Republicans over social media, was killed by Mr Scalise's security detail and other police officers. The dead man's social media posts indicated he'd violently opposed President Donald Trump and the policies of his Republican Party.

He has undergone several surgeries since Wednesday's shooting. "The game will go on". Trump's daughter Ivanka was spotted at the game near Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., recounted candidate Trump's comments prodding supporters to pummel demonstrators at rallies and said Republicans were being "sanctimonious".

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 past year, organizers said. To put this into perspective, the game raised $500,000 previous year.

Instead of wearing hats representing their home teams, as is the normal tradition, players on both teams will be wearing Louisiana State University hats in honor of Scalise, a Louisiana Republican.

The morning after visiting Scalise in the hospital, Trump said the congressman's challenges are "more difficult" than first thought. Tyson Foods lobbyist Matt Mika underwent additional surgery and his family said in a statement he was showing "positive results" and was expected to make a full recovery. "I'm prayerful he will pull through, and I hope he does", he said.

Louisiana Rep. Cedric Richmond is the Democrats' star pitcher, and a close friend of Scalise's. Though the game pegs Republicans against Democrats, attendees and participating lawmakers showed unity in wake of the shooting.

"To the extent that people think this is just a game, they're wrong", Richmond told reporters Thursday. His House colleagues paid tribute to him at their annual charity baseball game, while law enforcement tracked the path the shooter traveled to his ballfield carnage. Republicans and Democrats play one another in annual event, which raises funds for charity.

Hodgkinson also contacted the office of Rep. Mike Bost, R-Ill., at least 10 times over the past year, a Bost spokesman has said, characterizing the emails and phone calls as negative but not threatening.

"As far as winning and losing, I think that's far from anybody's mind right now", Flake said.

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