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Teams Play for Wounded Lawmaker at Annual Congressional Baseball Game

Representative Chris Collins says he will now carry a gun following the shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise during a GOP Congressional baseball practice on Wednesday.A police officer mans a shooting scene after a gunman opened fire on Republican members of Congress during a baseball practice near Washington in Alexandria, Virginia, June 14, 2017.Infection remains a considerable risk in the days and weeks during Scalise’s extended hospital stay, Sava said.Sava also said Capitol Police Officer Crystal Griner, who was also transported to the MedStar facility is now, “in good condition and she’s in good spirits”. “We are encouraged by the improvement of his condition in the last 36 hours”, Sava said, adding Scalise will require more operations “to manage abdominal injuries and other bone injuries”.President Trump urged Americans on Thursday to pray for Rep. Steve Scalise as he fights for life a day after being shot on a baseball field.”It’s been much more hard than people even thought at the time”, Mr Trump said of the treatment of Mr Scalise, the No 3 GOP leader, who is in critical condition and underwent a third surgery at the MedStar Washington Hospital Centre.The gunman, identified by officials as James Hodgkinson, died after the shootout.The hospital said earlier in the week that he had undergone surgery for internal injuries and a broken leg.Lobbyist Matt Mika was shot multiple times and remains hospitalized.They said that his “risk of death” has substantially lowered than when he arrived at the hospital.Scalise was fielding ground balls at second base Wednesday when he was shot at a practice for the annual Republicans-Democrats baseball game.That unity also is evident in the pulling-together of Washington and the nation to hope for Scalise’s recovery.Scalise sustained a single gunshot wound in the hip that traveled across the congressman’s body to his other hip – called a transpelvic gunshot wound, according to Sava, who spoke to reporters at a news conference Friday afternoon.The shooter, identified as James T. Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old home inspector from IL, was shot and killed by Capitol Police officers who were in Scalise’s security detail.On Friday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a statement that it continues to process evidence and “to assess the potential motivations of the single shooter”.