Hospital: US congressman Scalise still in critical condition

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”.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File). Scalise was shot Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, .House Speaker Paul Ryan has paid a visit to wounded Majority Whip Steve Scalise at the hospital. The bullet entered Scalise’s left hip and tore through his pelvis, breaking bones, injuring organs and causing severe bleeding.As congressional Republicans and Democrats joined Thursday night in their annual baseball game, played this year in Scalise’s honor, word came from the hospital that he remained in critical condition, but had “improved in the last 24 hours”.Since then, the lawmaker has undergone multiple surgeries and procedures to stop the bleeding and fix bone.Scalise has remained under sedation, although doctors have lightened the medication at times so that the congressman can communicate with relatives.Doctors rushed Mr Scalise to surgery, pumping blood into his body to counteract his multiple haemorrhages.”The major initial risk to life is because of the hemorrhage”, which doctors now have under control, Sava said.Republican and Democrat members of Congress kneeled at the second base and prayed in a touching dedication to Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) during their annual charity baseball game. He was transported in shock to MedStar Washington Hospital Center, a Level I Trauma Center.Nonetheless, said Sava, “We fully expect him to be able to walk” and “hopefully run”.”We may have our differences, but we do well, in times like these, to remember that everyone who serves in our nation’s capital is here because, above all, they love our country”, he said. It was a disgusting tragedy and I hope the victims come out fine. But for this event and this moment of national outcry against violence, Amanda Clinton, of Woodbridge, Va., made a sign calling for solidarity: “This Democrat is here to support Congressman Scalise”.More details about the changes are expected Friday, when the new policy is set to take effect.Sava said he told Scalise’s family that “I am not declaring victory until he’s playing ball in his back yard with his family”.Scalise, 51, and three others were wounded when a man identified as James Hodgkinson, 66, from the St. Louis suburb of Belleville, Illinois, opened fire on the lawmakers.Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, who was at the baseball practice when the shooting happened, said one of the lessons lawmakers learned from the shooting of Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in 2011 was to consult closely with local law enforcement.Speaking earlier Friday in Miami, Trump said Scalise “took a bullet for all of us” when he was shot. President Donald Trump sent a message of encouragement, which was shown on the stadium scoreboard prior to the game.Scalise’s wife, Jennifer, issued a statement saying she was thankful for the “incredible amount of prayers and warm wishes” the family has received since the shooting.On Friday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation identified the guns found at the scene of the shooting as a 9 mm handgun and a 7.62-caliber rifle.General admission tickets were priced at $10, while reserved tickets for the Republican or Democrat sides were priced at $15.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.