Shot US congressman still 'critical' but improving: doctor

Scalise, who has had two surgeries, will need additional operations and will be in the hospital for "a considerable period of time, presumably weeks", Sava said.

Scalise was shot Wednesday morning as a gunman sprayed bullets into a GOP congressional baseball practice.

"It's been much more hard than people even thought at the time", Trump said. Many members of the congressional GOP baseball team were huddled in a dugout while Capitol police - who were part of Scalise's security detail - and local Alexandria police engaged in a shootout with Hodgkinson.

The game Thursday, a Washington tradition since 1909 in which Republicans and play Democrats, went on Thursday evening at Nationals Stadium, home of the city's major league baseball team.

So far, investigators have not linked Hodgkinson to any radical groups, said a law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly.

Scalise was shot in the hip, with the bullet tearing through his pelvis and injuring internal organs.

Barton added that Scalise, who is in critical condition after being shot in the hip during the incident, would not play in the charity game.

Despite the hospital's comment about Scalise's progress, "critical condition" is still defined by the American Hospital Association as a state in which vital signs are unstable and in which "indicators are unfavorable".

Doctors operated immediately, but additional surgery is required, the hospital said.

For the second consecutive day, the Louisiana lawmaker continued to fight for his life and authorities continued to investigate the shooting - and the nation braced for every update.

President Trump later announced the shooter, James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill., had died after being shot by police.

"I had no idea this was going to happen and I don't know what to say about it".

Mr Scalise was among five people wounded in the shooting. Also wounded was former congressional aide Matt Mika, who now works for Tyson Foods in its Washington office.

Trump visited Griner and Bailey at the same D.C. hospital and later told reporters, "they ran right into the fire". "That is the source of unity, and more than ever, we must embrace it", the president said.

  • Zachary Reyes