Scalise’s Condition Improves, LSU Frat Brother, Catholic Group Organize Blood Drive

Steve Scalise is being treated at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Doctors say Louisiana congressman and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who was wounded during Wednesday's attack by a gunman on a baseball practice session, remains in critical condition but has shown improvement.

         MedStar Washington Hospital Center says U.S. Rep. Scalise (R-LA), who was shot in the left hip, had surgery Thursday related to his internal injuries and a broken bone in his leg. The hospital says Scalise "will require additional operations, and will be in the hospital for some time."

         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. A lobbyist shot multiple times and critically injured also remains hospitalized. Scalise was honored Thursday night during the annual congressional baseball game.

         A fraternity brother of Scalise from Louisiana State University has organized a blood drive through a Catholic charitable fraternity.

         Adrian Bruneau says he's known Scalise for about 25 years and everyone he knows is feeling frustrated and wants to help. He organized the drive through his local Knights of Columbus council.

         An email says blood donors anywhere can tell their blood bank they're making a "replenishment for Representative Steve Scalise."

         Knights of Columbus diocesan coordinator Mark Carver says he sent the email up the ladder in hopes of a national effort, but hasn't heard back.


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