Doctor says Rep. Scalise's vital signs stable

Almost 25,000 tickets were sold for the game and it was on track to raise more than $1 million, roughly double what it did past year, organizers said.

House Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told CNN's Jake Tapper on "Erin Burnett OutFront" that despite party affiliation they were both on "Team Scalise" on Thursday.

(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.

"Most importantly, we are forever grateful for the heroism of Special Agents Crystal Griner and David Bailey, who saved the lives of everyone at the baseball field that morning, including Steve's", Scalise's wife, Jennifer, said in the statement.

Scalise's doctors estimate the congressman will be recovering in the hospital for the next couple of weeks.

As the game progressed, MedStar Washington Hospital Center released an update on Scalise's condition.

Although Scalise was able to talk on the ballfield, by the time he was transported by helicopter to the hospital, he was in shock.

MedStar trauma director Jack Sava says Scalise sustained damage to his bones, internal organs and blood vessels.

The hospital treating Scalise announced early in the game that the congressman remains in critical condition but is improving. "We have controlled the internal bleeding and his vital signs have stabilized". The team doesn't plan on removing them all soon: The Congressman has already undergone multiple surgeries in the last 36 hours.

Scalise was among five people wounded when a shooter sprayed rifle fire at congressional Republicans practicing on a diamond in suburban Alexandria, Va. The fact that his injuries brought him close to death was not widely known initially.

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Nonetheless, said Sava, "We fully expect him to be able to walk" and "hopefully run". Sava says Scalise has responded to family members while he's still under sedation.

"He was in critical condition with an imminent risk of death", Sava said. He said it is now hard to predict how long Scalise will need to remain in the hospital but they should have a better idea of that in the coming days.

Sava later told The Associated Press that Scalise's care is on track for someone with such a severe injury but that he still faces many risks to recovery.

The House sergeant-at-arms is also in touch with the Federal Election Commission about the possibility of allowing the use of campaign funds for security, Strong said.

Several other people were also injured in Wednesday's shooting before Scalise's security detail and other police officers gunned down the assailant, who later died.

On that day, a man later identified as the attacker approached Rep. Jeff Duncan of SC in the parking lot of the Alexandria, Virginia, ballfield, asking him, "Excuse me, sir, who's practicing today, Democrats or Republicans?" as Duncan recalls the encounter.

Sava said Friday that there are hundreds of bullet fragments in Scalise's body.

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"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".

Law enforcement officials proceeded Friday with their investigation of the attack at a suburban Virginia park, including examining Hodgkinson's social media activities and his home in Belleville, Illinois.

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