Annual US Congress baseball game brings unity after shooting

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Scalise, 51, a police officer, a congressional aide and a lobbyist were wounded on Wednesday when a man identified as James Hodgkinson, 66, from the St. Louis suburb of Belleville, Illinois, opened fire on the lawmakers who were practicing for an annual charity baseball game between Republicans and Democrats. The congressman underwent another surgery on Saturday, and the hospital said he was more responsive and speaking with family.

MedStar Washington Hospital Center Director of Trauma Dr. Jack Sava speaks during a news conference in Washington, Friday, June 16, 2017, about the condition of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La. who was shot in Alexa. He added that Scalise would be in the hospital "for some time" and would need "a period of healing and rehabilitation" after being discharged.

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".

Sava said Friday that there are hundreds of bullet fragments in Scalise's body, but "we have no intention to try and remove all the bullet fragments at this point".

Medical staff also have removed a tube that had been inserted into Scalise's abdomen to prevent fluid from going into his lungs while he was sedated, said the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to comment on the congressman's medical status.

The American Hospital Association defines "critical" condition as: "Vital signs are unstable and not within normal limits". Griner remains hospitalized at MedStar Hospital after getting shot in the ankle, and Sava described her in good condition.

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Constand testified that she was planning to leave her job at Temple and embark on a new career plan and had been feeling stressed. It took Constand nearly a year to confide in her parents what happened, and they reported the incident to police in January 2005.

The president says that because of the "tremendous pain and suffering he's now enduring. our country will perhaps become closer, more unified".

Scalise is being treated in the hospital's intensive care unit.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., paid a visit to his injured colleague at the hospital Friday.

Scalise sustained serious injuries as the bullet traveled through his pelvis and injured internal organs. He underwent immediate surgery, and an additional procedure to stop bleeding.

The game Thursday, a Washington tradition since 1909 in which Republicans and play Democrats, went on Thursday evening at Nationals Stadium, home of the city's major league baseball team.

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