U.S. congressman undergoes another operation after shooting

Donald Trump and his wife Melania visited top Republican congressman Steve Scalise, recuperating at a hospital after being shot by a rifle-wielding critic of the president who sprayed bullets on United States lawmakers practising for an annual baseball game in a Washington suburb. Scalise is out of his first surgery, according to a Scalise aide.

He needed several blood transfusions, remains in critical condition and will require more operations, MedStar Washington Hospital Center said late Wednesday.

Capitol Police Officer Crystal Griner, right, walks behind House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, middle, on November 15, 2016.

Senator Bernie Sanders confirmed media reports that 66-year-old IL man James T Hodgkinson was the assailant and had apparently volunteered on his presidential campaign last year.

According to his Facebook page, Hodgkinson was a fervent supporter of Sanders, the feisty independent who battled Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination previous year. Spicer said Trump also spoke with other Capitol Police officers while at the hospital.

In a show of bipartisanship, Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan said on the floor of the House: "An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us".

Shimkus has visited Scalise in the hospital, but didn't stay long because he didn't want to be "in the way". The popular annual face-off, which raises money for charity, is scheduled to go forward as planned Thursday evening at Nationals Park in Washington. Hodgkinson was shot dead by the police.

Republican Steve Scalise of Louisiana was shot by a rifle-wielding gunman on Wednesday morning at a congressional baseball practice just outside of Washington. One Capitol Hill police officer also suffered a gunshot wound and another officer suffered a non-gunshot injury, an official said. He was shot by police in the gun battle and died of injuries on Wednesday.

Scalise, No. 3 in the House of Representatives Republican leadership, was shot in the hip.

"Kris and I are praying for our friend Steve Scalise, his staff, Capitol Police and their families", said Congressman Kevin Cramer.

"We should know over the next day or so how he does", Cassidy said.

The shooter also wounded a congressional staffer and a lobbyist, as well as Griner and a second Capitol Police officer. "There's no escaping a guy with a, you know, he had several hundred bullets and we no weapons and no place to hide".