Rep. Scalise 'better' but still in 'critical condition,' says hospital

Scalise was fielding ground balls at second base Wednesday when he was shot at a practice for the annual Republicans-Democrats baseball game.

"They (the Capitol police) ran right into the fire ... and saved a lot of lives", Trump said.

Scalise sustained a single rifle shot to the left hip.

The gunman, 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson died a short time later from multiple gunshot wounds to his torso.

Hodgkinson had several minor run-ins with the law in recent years and belonged to a Facebook group called "Terminate the Republican Party".

Scalise had been at "imminent risk of death" when he was first brought into the hospital on Wednesday, and he received many units of transfused blood, Sava said. He remains in critical condition Thursday.

Rep. Steve Scalise's condition is "more difficult" than first thought, President Trump said Thursday morning, adding that the wounded congressman is "in some trouble".

More news: Scalise critical as shooting stokes fears of rhetoric-fueled violence

USA politicians are playing in a charity baseball game a day after a shooting - as they practised - wounded a top Republican and three others. Two officers were shot, as were congressional aide Zach Barth and lobbyist Matt Mika. "He is grateful for the courageous actions of U.S. Capitol Police, first responders, and colleagues", his office said in a previous statement at 2:30 p.m. EST. She is still hospitalized.

Bailey suffered a minor injury while in pursuit of Hodgkinson and used crutches to get to the mound on Thursday.

Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas) was injured after diving into the dugout during the incident. Vice President Pence was among the many who applauded their heroics.

The hospital said Thursday that Scalise had improved in the past 24 hours but that his condition remained critical and he would need additional operations that would keep him in the hospital "for some time". Republicans and Democrats play one another in annual event, which raises funds for charity. The game was due to go ahead as planned on Thursday evening. The FBI continues to process evidence in an effort to assess the potential motivations of the shooter, the agency said in a statement Friday.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating the attack, which has raised questions about lawmakers' security, renewed the nation's contentious debate over guns and drawn fresh attention to the harsh rhetoric that reflects the deep political divisions in the US. While the top lawmakers, including Scalise, have security details, others do not and they regularly appear in public without protection.

The president, whose administration has been dogged by allegations of ties between his 2016 campaign and Russian Federation, later wrote two tweets suggesting that Democrat Hillary Clinton, whom he defeated in last November's election, should be under investigation instead of him.

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