Steve Scalise Still in Critical Condition But Improving, Doctors Say

Instead of wearing hats representing their home teams, as is the normal tradition, this year players on both teams wore Louisiana State University hats in honor of Scalise, a Louisiana Republican, for part of the game. The annual GOP-Democrats baseball game raises money for charity.

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Those are the most important factors in the immediate aftermath of a major gunshot wound like the one suffered by Scalise.

The Associated Press reported Thursday night that Scalise's doctors had said the majority whip "remains in critical condition but has shown improvement".

A single rifle wound caused "substantial damage" to Scalise's internal organs and blood loss, his doctor explained Friday.

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Mika is still in the intensive care unit with chest wounds, though he has been downgraded from critical to serious condition. Louisiana Representative Steve Scalise , who was shot Wednesday while practicing for the charity game, remains hospitalized.

For now, Scalise remains in critical condition in the hospital's intensive care unit. He's been undergoing repeat surgeries.

Hodgkinson, who had lashed out on social media against Trump and Republicans, was shot and killed by police officers including members of Scalise's security detail who responded.

James T. Hodgkinson, 66, allegedly opened fire on a Congressional baseball team as Republicans were practicing for an annual game to be played at Nationals Park Thursday.

"On behalf of Steve and our children, I want to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for the incredible amount of prayers and warm wishes we have received since Wednesday's events", Scalise's wife, Jennifer, said in a statement Friday. Once it has lodged in bone or muscle, "it's not going to do anything".

Then, there are the many fragments left behind.

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

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They said that his "risk of death" has substantially lowered than when he arrived at the hospital. He is now sedated and awaiting another surgery in the next 48 hours.

"There is more risk involved in removing them".

"She's in good condition and she's in good spirits", Sava said.

"It's quite common that we don't remove bullets and fragments, and that's the case here, as well".

Because of Scalise, Trump said, "and the tremendous pain and suffering he's now enduring - and he's having a hard time, far worse than anybody thought - our country will perhaps become closer, more unified".

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. He declined to describe specific internal injuries.

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