Steve Scalise still 'critical ... but has improved,' hospital says

FILE - In May 17, 2017 file photo, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La. speaks with the media on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Because Scalise is a member of House leadership, Capitol Police were present at the field.

"We will miss Steve on the field", Richmond said just before the game and after visiting Scalise in the hospital. He added that Scalise "will be able to walk and, hopefully, run". The doctor described how a bullet from an assault rifle entered Scalise's hip and traversed his pelvis, shattering blood vessels, bones and internal organs along the way.

Aides to Ryan, R-Wis., confirmed the speaker had visited Scalise at the hospital but declined to provide details of the encounter.

Duncan found that memory hard to shake Thursday night as he stood in for Scalise at second base.

"A certain amount of risk must always be assumed, and we can not allow one clearly deranged person to alter our way of life", said Rep. Mike Johnson, R-Bossier.

There is still significant risk of infection, especially if the colon was pierced, so the congressman is not out of the woods yet, Gomez reported.

But despite the applause, hugs and pledges of camaraderie, "there is definitely a somber mood", observed GOP congressman Steve Pearce, who was at the Republican practice when his colleague was shot. And you're in luck: C-SPAN has announced it will carry the game live in order to bring the matchup to the masses, according to Entertainment Weekly.

When he left, she said, Hodgkinson told her he was going to Washington, "work with people to change the tax brackets".

Damage from a bullet occurs when it's traveling. "All you're doing is stirring up more trouble" by making another incision larger than the fragment to try to get it out, explained Dr. Deborah Stein, trauma chief at the University of Maryland's Shock Trauma Center.

"That both members of Congress from the republican or democrat side, will come together the citizens of our country will come together as Americans", Neal said.

"I hope he's in good enough shape to watch, because he'll certainly feel good about what he sees", Flake said.

The surgeon on Friday said he was "a lot more confident and optimistic" about Scalise's recovery than he was two days ago.

"I do think if a member wants to concealed carry, that should be their prerogative", Abraham said.

Sava said that after being released from the hospital, Scalise "will require a period of healing and rehabilitation". Hodgkinson died after being shot by police.

"As reports spread online that shooting suspect James Hodgkinson had expressed anti-Republican sentiments, some conservative political figures and alt-right news outlets began speculating on whether Wednesday's attack on a GOP congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Va., was connected to left-wing rhetoric against President Donald Trump".

"This game is a game where we always is come to have fun and for everybody to do their very best and hope that our team wins", said Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Both organizations also issued individual statements denouncing the shooting Wednesday.

Officials said Hodgkinson was carrying notes on which he had written the names of some Republican lawmakers.

Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va., said lawmakers laid out threats they've received during a closed-door meeting following Wednesday's shooting.

But Pelosi told reporters Thursday that while she trusts the Capitol Police to design security procedures, "I do think and I would support, and I have suggested they need a bigger budget".

Rep. Mike Bishop (R-Mich.) also tweeted out a tribute for Scalise and the other victims of the shooting.