Ryan: Going to 'take some time' for Scalise to recover from shooting

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) will remain in the hospital "for some time" to recover from a gunshot wound during a shooting at a congressional baseball practice, but he has improved over the past day, his doctors said Thursday night.

MedStar Washington Hospital Center, where he is being treated, said in a statement that Scalise underwent a second surgery "related to his internal injuries and a broken bone in his leg" from the previous day.

"He remains in critical condition, but has improved in the last 24 hours," the hospital said. "The Congressman will require additional operations, and will be in the hospital for some time. At the request of the family, we will continue to provide periodic updates."

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Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanTrump: Let ObamaCare implode Frustrated House GOP to begin five-week recess Five takeaways from ObamaCare repeal’s collapse MORE (R-Wis.) told CNN in a joint interview with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) that Scalise was recovering but had "a ways to go."

"He's recovering. He's got a ways to go. We're all praying for him," Ryan told CNN's Jake Tapper.

"He's gonna recover; it's just gonna take him some time."

Pelosi agreed, mentioning that the entire House was supporting Scalise during his recovery.

"Tonight we're all Team Scalise," Pelosi said. "We're all close to Steve Scalise. He's a lovely person."

President Trump said earlier Thursday that Scalise was "in some trouble" following Wednesday's shooting at a baseball field in nearby Alexandria, Va., that left three others injured. Trump had visited the hospital where Scalise was being treated on Wednesday night.

"He's in some trouble, but he's a great fighter and he's going to be OK, we hope," Trump said.

Scalise suffered severe internal injuries due to a single rifle shot to the left hip, according to a statement from MedStar Washington.

"The bullet traveled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs, and causing severe bleeding," the hospital said in a statement. "He was transported in shock to MedStar Washington Hospital Center, a Level I Trauma Center. He underwent immediate surgery, and an additional procedure to stop bleeding."