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Hospital Upgrades Scalise Condition To 'Serious,' Says He Is 'More Responsive'

Hospital Upgrades Scalise Condition To 'Serious,' Says He Is 'More Responsive'

The man who shot senior Republican congressman Steve Scalise and others at a congressional baseball practice session this week had a list containing the names of three politicians, officials said.

The person told The Associated Press on Saturday that investigators aren't sure of the significance of the names and don't know if it was a list of people he was targeting. He arrived "in critical condition with an imminent risk of death", Sava said, adding that now, "we are encouraged by improvement in his condition".

A police officer at the scene of a shooting where a gunman opened fire on members of Congress during a baseball practice in Alexandria, Va., near Washington, D.C., June 14, 2017.

The rifle-wielding 66-year-old, who died during the attack, had a history of anger aimed at Republican officials.

Sava declined to put a timeline on when that would happen, or when Scalise, 51, would be able to leave the hospital.

The bullet entered Scalise's left hip and tore across his pelvis, cracking bones and injuring organs and blood vessels.

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The surgeon said there were hundreds of bullet fragments in Mr Scalise's body, but "we have no intention to try and remove all the bullet fragments at this point".

Once recovered, Scalise will be able to walk and hopefully run, the doctor said. His risk of death is "substantially lower" than it was when he was admitted to the hospital on Wednesday, and "I think that an excellent recovery is a good possibility", Sava said.

Capitol Police Officer Crystal Griner also remains at the MedStar Washington hospital after sustaining a gunshot wound to her ankle, but is in "good condition and good spirits" the hospital said. It includes photos of Scalise and his family. After discharge he will need a period of healing and rehabilitation.

Hodgkinson, from IL, who had lashed out against United States president Donald Trump and other Republicans over social media, was killed by Mr Scalise's security detail and other police officers.

"My dear friend Steve Scalise took a bullet for all of us and because of him - and all the tremendous pain and suffering he has endured, he is having a hard time, far worse than anyone thought - our country will perhaps become closer, more unified, so important", Trump said. Capitol Police officer David Bailey and Texas Rep. Roger Williams were also injured during the incident.

At Friday's hospital news conference, Scalise's chief of staff Brett Horton read a statement from Jennifer Scalise, the congressman's wife.


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