Doctor treating Scalise hopes for 'excellent recovery' despite critical condition

Alleged shooter James Hodgkinson shot Rep. Steve Scalise and members of the Capitol police force in Alexandria, Virginia, during Republicans' early-morning practice ahead of a charity baseball game on June 14, 2017.

This is according to a person familiar with the case who was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to The Associated Press today on condition of anonymity.

A source said investigators are not sure of the significance of the names and it is not clear whether this was a list of people the attacker was targeting.

Trump, in Miami this afternoon delivering remarks on Cuba policy changes, said of Scalise, "Because of him and the tremendous pain and suffering he's now enduring - he's having a hard time, far worse than anybody thought - our country will perhaps become closer, more unified".

Mr Scalise's trauma surgeon said on Friday he could hope to make an "excellent recovery", even he arrived at the hospital at imminent risk of death.

"The congressman's status remains critical", Dr Jack Sava, the director of trauma at the MedStar Washington Hospital Centre, told reporters. The doctor described how a bullet from an assault rifle entered Scalise's hip and traversed his pelvis, shattering blood vessels, bones and internal organs along the way.

Hodgkinson, a Belleville, Ill., resident who officials said had been living out of his auto in Alexandria, Va., opened fire as Congress members and staffers practiced for a charity baseball game slated for Thursday.

He refused to detail Scalise's injuries, but said that he would guess there are "hundreds of fragments" in Scalise and he has "no intention to remove all bullet fragments at this point" due to the high risk of looking for them.

Once recovered, Scalise will be able to walk and hopefully run, the doctor said.

Sava said that after being released from the hospital, Scalise "will require a period of healing and rehabilitation".

He said that Scalise has been mostly sedated but they've been able to turn down his medication enough for him to respond to family members. Sava said he told Scalise's family that "I am not declaring victory until he's playing ball in his back yard with his family".

Scalise remains in critical condition at a hospital near the Capitol and has undergone multiple surgeries.

U.S. Capitol Police Officer Crystal Griner, who was shot in the ankle, is reported to be in good condition.

Hodgkinson posted content favorable to Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on his social media accounts and signed a Change.org petition for the removal of Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

  • Zachary Reyes