Doctors: Scalise in critical condition but they are ‘encouraged’ by his improvement

USA lawmakers returned to regular business on Thursday and prepared to play their annual charity baseball game, one day after a man who had expressed anger toward President Donald Trump opened fire on Republican legislators, leaving a senior congressman in critical condition. According to the hospital, he sustained a single shot to his left hip, with the bullet traveling across his pelvis causing bone fractures, internal organ injury and severe bleeding.So Young Pak, director of media relations at MedStar Washington Hospital Center where Scalise is being treated, gave no additional details about his condition.Scalise remains in critical condition at a hospital near the Capitol and has undergone multiple surgeries.Wednesday morning, as Republican lawmakers were practicing for the game, a lone gunman opened fire, striking Scalise in the hip and hitting a congressional staffer for Rep. Roger Williams, Zach Barth; lobbyist Matt Mika; and Capitol Police Agent Crystal Griner.President Donald Trump walks to his motorcade vehicle after visiting MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, Wednesday, June 14, 2017, where House Majority Leader Steve Scalise of La. was taken after being shot in Alexandria, Va., during a Congressional baseball practice. “While the president would like to attend the game and show his support for all of these courageous public servants, he has been advised that there is not enough time to follow Secret Service protocols”, he said.Law enforcement officials on Thursday were working to string together the movements of anti-Trump gunman James Hodgkinson in the months leading up to his shooting rampage on GOP lawmakers. Members of a contentious and polarized Congress used the backdrop of baseball to demonstrate that Americans are more united than divided on issues.A list of Republican lawmakers was found on Hodgkinson’s body, CBS News reported, citing an unidentified U.S. official.”He’s going to be OK, we hope”, Trump said.Later, the crowd burst into applause as Capitol Police Officer David Bailey – who was injured as he pursued the shooter – hobbled to the mound on crutches and tossed the ceremonial first pitch.The president says that because of the “tremendous pain and suffering he’s now enduring. our country will perhaps become closer, more unified”.A congressional women’s softball team practiced Thursday morning in Alexandria but with a heavy police presence.