US lawmaker Steve Scalise improving after baseball field shooting

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U.S. lawmakers have returned to regular business ready to play their annual charity baseball game a day after a man angry at President Donald Trump fired on Republican legislators, leaving a senior congressman in critical condition.

The Democrats won the game, 11-2, but loaned the trophy to the Republicans until Scalise is better.

The annual Congressional Baseball Game pits Republicans against Democrats, but this year the focus has turned to showing unity in the wake of the shooting. 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.

Attacker Hodgkinson had expressed anger towards US President Donald Trump before opening fire at the early morning practice in the Washington suburb of Alexandria, Virginia.

Those who witnessed the attack say a lone gunman armed with a rifle opened fire on the Republican lawmakers as they warmed up and took batting practice.

The announcement comes as the congressional charity baseball game, for which Scalise and his Republican colleagues had been practicing at the time of the shooting, continues as planned. He was hit in the left hip, suffering injuries to internal organs, broken bones and severe bleeding, in Wednesday's shooting.

Trump, who visited Scalise at the hospital on Wednesday, said the congressman was "in some trouble but he's going to be okay, we hope". Hodgkinson had posted comments critical of President Trump on his social-media accounts and engaged in a profane tirade about Trump in a chance conversation with an auto mechanic the day before the attack in Alexandria, where Hodgkinson had been living in his van since about March.

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Trump also visited wounded Capitol Police Officer Crystal Griner and her wife, with Melania also gifting her with flowers.

So far, investigators have not linked Hodgkinson to any radical groups, said a law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Scalise remained in critical condition on Thursday after the latest surgery.

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

ESPN reported, "When the president intoned three words he said have brought Americans together for generations-"Let's play ball"-cheers rang out".

Ticket sales picked up after Wednesday's shooting, eventually setting an attendance record, the organizers said, as attendees such as Alexander Hilten, 16, of Arlington, Virginia, made a decision to come to the game for the first time.

"I think anybody that ever played baseball, the dream was to play in a major league stadium", Richmond said past year.

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