Shot US congressman still 'critical' but improving: doctor

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Proceedings were canceled for the day in the House, and instead Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California issued their own calls for unity.

It drew a record attendance of 24,959 attendees. "We don't need to be knee-jerk reactionaries".

Since then he has had more than one surgery and doctors expect he will continue to have more in the near future.

Who knows what mixture of madness and circumstance causes someone to pick up a gun and go on a rampage? "We will go at it", he said.

"By playing tonight we are showing the world that we will not be intimidated by threats, acts of violence or assaults on our democracy", said US President Donald Trump, appearing on the park's giant screen but not attending.

James Hodgkinson had a handwritten note on him at the time of the shooting that contained about five names and descriptions, a credible federal law enforcement source confirmed to WTOP's JJ Green.

Doctors at MedStar Washington Hospital, where Rep. Scalise is being treated, discussed his condition on Friday saying that they believed he would be in the hospital for a considerable amount of time, possibly weeks.

At the press conference Friday, Scalise's chief of staff Brett Horton read a statement from Scalise's wife Jennifer thanking everyone for their prayers and well wishes and thanking the Capitol Police officers who helped save lives at the scene. Mika's family said the lobbyist was shot multiple times and was in critical condition following surgery. Scalise is a member of the team and had been fielding balls at second base in preparation for the game when he was shot.

"If you're not sure which one I'll be, I'll be the one coaching third on crutches", Congressman Williams said.

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

CBN News was told the list was written out on notepad paper and found in the shooter's pocket.

Richmond compared Scalise to a "little Chihuahua" because he is "very persistent and strong", adding that he would miss the Republican's banter at the game. "I think that his risk of death right now is substantially lower than when he came in ... he was as critical as you can be when he came in".

Former Yankees manager Joe Torre walked toward the mound in what everyone suspected would be the ceremonial first pitch.

Crowds gathered outside waiting to get in, several members of Congress among them.

"Were in town because we're tourists and I mean I heard about the shooting and I was like, 'Wow, it would be cool to come today to show support for the congressmen, '" said Otis Amick of Phoenix. From the Democratic side of the stadium, there were boos.

The running tally of results has Republicans and Democrats both at 39 wins, 39 losses and one tie. The Washington Nationals Dream Foundation, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington and the Washington Literary Center are the game's other beneficiaries. He sustained a relatively minor injury Wednesday morning as he and other officers engaged with a gunman who shot up a practice of the GOP baseball team.

The California Democrat notes that she herself is now featured in millions of dollars of attack ads running in a Georgia House district where there's a hard-fought special election next week.

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