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Steve Scalise fights for life after shooting

He was fielding balls at second base when he was hit in the hip, and sustained grievous injuries as the bullet travelled through his pelvis and injured internal organs.”I think that an excellent recovery is a good possibility”, Dr. Jack Sava, director of trauma at MedStar Washington Hospital Center said at a news conference Friday afternoon.Mr Scalise, 51, a Louisiana Republican who is the No 3 House Republican, remained in critical condition at a hospital a few miles from the stadium after undergoing a third surgery on Thursday.Scalise, 51, and four others were wounded when an IL man opened fire Wednesday morning on the team practice in Alexandria. Trump said he also met with one of two Capitol Police officers, whom he identified as Crystal Griner, at the hospital after she was wounded in the shootout with Hodgkinson.Instead of wearing hats representing their home teams, as is the normal tradition, players on both teams wore Louisiana State University hats in honor of Scalise, a Louisiana Republican, for part of the game.Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, who was at Wednesday’s practice and gave medical help after the shooting, said it would have “been awful” if the game had been canceled, and said Scalise would want it to go on.Media captionWhy is this Republican and Democrat on the road together?President Trump delivered brief remarks before the game calling for unity and noting that the entire nation was praying for Scalise.”The members of Congress, the staff and the volunteers who were out at practice this morning care deeply about the causes they play to benefit”, game organizers said in a statement released Wednesday. Because the bullet shattered, there may be hundreds of fragments in Scalise’s body and doctors do not intend to try to remove them all, Sava said.The annual charity game brings Republicans and Democrats to the field in a friendly rivalry. He will need additional operations, possibly in the coming days.Although he did not suffer a gunshot wound, Capitol Police said Wednesday that Bailey was treated for a minor injury.About 20,000 people turned out for Thursday night’s game, raising more than $1 million for the Washington Literacy Center, The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington, the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation and The Capitol Police Memorial Fund.Other lawmakers spoke out about threats they had received as they left a law enforcement briefing with officials in Washington D.C. on Thursday. The FBI continues to process evidence in an effort to assess the potential motivations of the shooter, the agency said in a statement Friday.President Trump is not planning to attend the game because of security concerns, the White House said Wednesday.”Let’s hope so”, Trump said.Lobbyist Matt Mika was shot multiple times and remains hospitalized. Heated words that don’t directly promote violence – as Trump and his most careless detractors have at times – can’t be blamed for anyone’s decision to take up arms.