"Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Speaker Paul Ryan and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi stood side by side to shout: "Let's play ball!" and the crowd chanted "U-S-A!
Capitol Police officer David Bailey, who chased down the gunman despite being wounded himself, hobbled out to the pitcher's mound on crutches to throw out the ceremonial first pitch of the game.
(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File).
FILE - In this March 8, 2017 file photo, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. He was fatally shot by police following the incident.
Earlier Thursday, President Donald Trump commented on the congressman's condition, saying Scalise was "in some trouble" but that he hoped the congressman would be OK. The bullet traveled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs, and causing severe bleeding.
Scalise will require rehabilitation after he leaves the hospital but Salva said he believed he would be able to run and walk again.
Scalise, the No. 3 Republican in the House of Representatives, was among four people shot as Republican lawmakers practiced for a charity baseball game in Alexandria, Virginia.
"The congressman's status remains critical", Dr Jack Sava, the director of trauma at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center, told reporters. He said doctors have turned down Mr Scalise's sedation levels enough that he has been able to respond to visiting family members.
Because the bullet shattered, there may be hundreds of fragments in Mr Scalise's body and doctors do not intend to try to remove them all, Dr Sava said. "He has received multiple units of blood transfusion".
"It's been much more hard than people even thought at the time".
Medstar Washington Hospital Center released the update Saturday on behalf of the Scalise family. "We will put this in his office until he's back", said Barton, referring to Scalise.
"I purchased my ticket a few weeks ago, but with what happened yesterday, it has more meaning to me today", said D.C. resident Amanda Linton.
Hodgkinson wounded Scalise and Griner as well as a lobbyist for Tyson Foods and a congressional staffer.