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US Rep. Scalise's condition upgraded to 'serious' after shooting

US Rep. Scalise's condition upgraded to 'serious' after shooting

Supporters of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., hold signs before the Congressional baseball game, Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Washington.

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.

Sava declined to put a timeline on when that would happen or when Scalise, 51, would be able to leave the hospital. Long-ago Little Leaguers now in Congress don their spikes and dust off their gloves in a game played for claiming top dog status and to benefit several charities.

Since then, the lawmaker has undergone multiple surgeries and procedures to stop the bleeding and fix bone. Brooks said the list was short and the other names he was told of were also GOP congressmen.

He was practicing for an annual congressional baseball game, working out with his Republican colleagues in a park across the Potomac River from the U.S. Capitol, when a gunman armed with a semiautomatic rifle opened fire. The fact that his injuries brought him close to death was not widely known initially.

However, according to Dr. Jack Sava, Rep. Scalise's condition has improved slightly. "Yes, he has additional operations he will need before he leaves the hospital".

The doctors said that while Scalise remains in critical condition, they "are encouraged by improvement in his condition".

But Mr. Scalise is expected to recover.

"There is more risk involved in removing them".

Jennifer Scalise says in a statement that the family is "especially appreciative of the strong outpouring of love and support from our neighbors, friends, from Louisiana and across the country".

President Donald Trump, who visited Scalise in the hospital on Wednesday, sent a video message that played at the start of the game.

Hodgkinson, a Belleville, Illinois, home inspector who had been living out of his van near the park, had a social media page filled with criticism of Republicans and the Trump administration.

The bullet entered Scalise's left hip and tore across his pelvis, cracking bones and injuring organs and blood vessels. And leading figures throughout the American political spectrum, from President Donald Trump on down to local leaders, have taken note of the shooting as a cautionary tale for the nation not to let legitimate differences of opinion escalate to violence and bloodshed.

"On behalf of Steve and our children, I want to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for the incredible amount of prayers and warm wishes we have received since Wednesday's events".

Hodgkinson contacted both of his state's Democratic senators frequently, always through email links on their websites, spokesmen said Friday.

But Flake said the final score wasn't likely to matter this year.