Congressman injured in shooting upgraded from 'critical' to 'serious' condition

Congressman injured in shooting upgraded from 'critical' to 'serious' condition

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana speaks March 8, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Five people were injured, including second baseman and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana, who is still in critical condition.

Members of the U.S. Congress took the field for their traditional Republicans vs. Democrats baseball game on Thursday, with many wearing hats to honor Representative Steve Scalise, who was critically wounded by a gunman as his Republican team practiced a day before.

The annual Congressional Baseball Game pits Republicans against Democrats, but this year the focus has turned to showing unity in the wake of the shooting. His condition has improved after undergoing two surgeries and an additional procedure to control bleeding.

The charities are the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington, Washington Literacy Center, the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation and, after Wednesday's shooting, the Capitol Police Memorial Fund.

Scalise, 51, and three others were wounded when a man identified as James Hodgkinson, 66, from the St. Louis suburb of Belleville, Illinois, opened fire on the lawmakers.

The person told the Associated Press on Saturday that investigators weren't sure of the significance of the names and didn't know whether it was a list of people he was targeting.

Medical staff also have removed a tube that had been inserted into Scalise's abdomen to prevent fluid from going into his lungs while he was sedated, said the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to comment on the congressman's medical status. He will remain in the intensive care unit through at least the weekend, they said.

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"After he leaves the hospital, he will require a period of healing and of rehabilitation". The bullet entered his left hip and tore through his pelvis, breaking bones, injuring organs and causing severe bleeding. The hospital did not immediately provide an update, but lawmakers were informed at a meeting Thursday morning that Scalise was in surgery. The shooter was an IL man, James T. Hodgkinson, who had lashed out against President Trump and Republicans over social media.

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".

Hospital officials said it is hard to predict how long the congressman will be in the hospital, but that he is expected to be able to walk and hopefully run after a period of rehabilitation. A hospital statement said Scalise was doing better over the previous 24 hours but would "be in the hospital for some time".

"I feel a lot more confident and a lot more optimistic than I did two, three days ago", Sava said. "I would say that when he arrived, he was in critical condition with an imminent risk of death".

Sava said he told Scalise's family: "I am not declaring victory until he's playing ball in his backyard with his family".

Later, the crowd burst into applause as Capitol Police officer David Bailey - who was injured as he pursued the shooter - hobbled to the mound on crutches and tossed the ceremonial first pitch.

Lobbyist Matt Mika was shot multiple times and remains hospitalized.

"Our family asks that you continue to pray for Steve ... and all of those hurt in this attack", Jennifer Scalise said in the statement.

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