Rep. Scalise’s condition has improved but ‘will be in the hospital for some time’

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Rep. Steve Scalise (L) (R-LA) answers questions during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol January 7, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON  — GOP House Whip Steve Scalise “will be in the hospital for some time,” according to the facility where he is recovering from a gunshot.

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

The wound shattered bones, tore organs and caused severe bleeding.

A shooter, killed by return fire from officers, sprayed rifle fire at congressional Republicans practicing on a diamond in Alexandria, Virginia, a Washington suburb.

His House colleagues paid tribute to him at their annual charity baseball game, while law enforcement tracked the path the shooter traveled to his ballfield carnage.

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Members of the Republican and Democratic congressional baseball teams gather for a bipartisan prayer before the start of the Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park on June 15, 2017 in Washington, DC (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Investigators studying Wednesday’s attack at a suburban Virginia park says shooter James Hodgkinson, a Belleville, Illinois, home inspector, had obtained his rifle and handgun from licensed firearms dealers.

Capitol Police say they have “no evidence to suggest that the purchases were not lawful.”

As congressional Republicans and Democrats joined Thursday night in their baseball game, played this year in Scalise’s honor, word came from the hospital that he remained in critical condition, but had “improved in the last 24 hours.”

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks during her weekly news conference on Capitol Hill on June 15, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi says she favors more money for the U.S. Capitol Police, which is seeking an 8 percent increase to nearly $427 million for next year.

Pelosi says more money would help the agency enhance its presence when members of Congress, staff and others congregate away from the Capitol.

Members of the U.S. Capitol Police engaged in a shootout with the assailant on Wednesday, and lawmakers say their presence probably prevented many deaths. Two police officers were injured; the shooter, James Hodgkinson, later died.

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