Congressman's condition 'more difficult' than first thought

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But at a news conference, Pelosi bristled at comments made by a few Republicans and conservative activists who blamed heated Democratic rhetoric for the incident.

Although Scalise was able to talk on the ballfield, by the time he was transported by helicopter to the hospital, he was in shock.

"So we all owe Steve a big, big thank you", Trump added.

Dr. Jack Sava of MedStar Washington Hospital Center says "an excellent recovery is a good possibility", but says Scalise faces additional surgeries, a long hospital stay and rehabilitation. The hospital planned to hold a briefing on his condition later in the day Friday.

A high-ranking USA congressman who was shot at a Republican baseball practice is facing a "more difficult" recovery than initially thought, President Donald Trump said Thursday.

House Speaker Paul Ryan has paid a visit to wounded Majority Whip Steve Scalise at the hospital.

For the game, which began in 1909, members of the Senate and House of Representatives donned uniforms representing teams from their constituencies for the game and many topped them with hats from Louisiana State University, Mr Scalise's alma mater, as a tribute.

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Other Illinois congressmen who were on the team include Darin LaHood and John Shimkus , who were not at the practice Wednesday. The White House said Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were both notified of the shooting in Alexandria this morning.

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And when it was over, Democratic Rep. Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania, his team's manager, accepted the trophy, then gave it to his GOP counterpart, Rep. Joe Barton of Texas, to put in Scalise's office on behalf of the Democrats. "That's the source of unity and more than ever we must embrace it".

Physicians said Friday that Scalise, R-La., has stabilized over the last two days following multiple surgeries that became necessary when he was hit in the shooting attack at a baseball field in Alexandria, Va., early Tuesday.

Congressman Steve Scalise, who was supposed to be playing second base for the Republican team, was instead lying in a hospital bed after being critically wounded in the hip.

Shannon Davis also said that it would be "terrifying" to think about what would have happened if Scalise's security detail had not been there and hailed the Capitol Police officers as "heroes". Capitol Police said they had "no evidence to suggest that the purchases were not lawful". Authorities also were going over a cellphone, computer and camera taken from Hodgkinson's white van, which was parked near the ballfield.

Hodgkinson, of downstate Belleville, Illinois, had reportedly been living with his wife in Virginia for the past two weeks.

The U.S. Capitol Police said Hodgkinson used a 9 mm handgun and a 7.62-caliber rifle in the shooting, and traces run by investigators showed he evidently acquired the weapons legally.

"It's a concern I've had for a number of years", he told The Hill following the shooting at a Republican congressional baseball practice that left Scalise in critical condition and injured a further five people.