GOP Lawmaker Scalise Still Critical Though Doctors `Encouraged'

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

The bullet struck Scalise in the hip, and traveled across his body, shattering bones and passing through internal organs, causing major internal bleeding. The third ranking member of the House Republican leadership, Scalise had been an avid player since his election to Congress in 2008.

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

President Donald Trump says that wounded Congressman Steve Scalise's condition is more hard than people first realized.

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.

Mr Scalise was airlifted to hospital in shock, with intense internal bleeding, Dr Sava said.

We are especially appreciative of the strong outpouring of love and support from our neighbors, friends, from Louisiana and across the country, as well as from President Trump, Vice President Pence, and all of Steve's colleagues who have reached out to us during this most challenging time.

Mr Scalise was shot as he fielded at second base during practice for an annual Republicans-Democrats baseball game.

Doctors treating wounded House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise have upgraded his condition from "critical" to "serious".

The president paid a visit to Scalise on Wednesday night, meeting with Scalise's family and sitting by the congressman's bedside.

Hodgkinson 66, who was from the St. Louis suburb of Belleville, Illinois, died after being shot by police. Two Capitol Police officers were wounded in the attack; they were credited with averting a massacre.

Rep. Scalise was one of several individuals who suffered gunshot wounds when James Hodgkinson of IL opened fire on Republicans practicing for the game in Alexandria on Wednesday morning.

President Trump urged Americans on Thursday to pray for Rep. Steve Scalise as he fights for life a day after being shot on a baseball field.

"I feel a lot more confident and a lot more optimistic than I did two, three days ago", Sava said.

A huge ovation came from the crowd, which swelled to a record 24,959, when Special Agent David Bailey, one of the Capitol Police officers injured in the attack on Republicans at their practice in Virginia on Wednesday, threw out the first pitch. Mika, a lobbyist for Tyson Foods and former congressional aide, is expected to remain in intensive care at George Washington University Hospital through the weekend.

  • Larry Hoffman