USA lawmaker shot by anti-Trump gunman showing improvement

"He is more responsive, and is speaking with his loved ones", the hospital said, adding that he had been downgraded to "serious" condition.

His family said they appreciate the support they've received from lawmakers and the president, and are thankful for the bravery of the special agents. Infection remains a considerable risk in the days and weeks during Scalise's extended hospital stay, Sava said. He sustained "a single rifle shot to the left hip" that "travelled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs and causing severe bleeding", the hospital said in a statement.

As congressional Republicans and Democrats joined Thursday night in their annual baseball game, played this year in Scalise's honor, word came from the hospital that he remained in critical condition, but had "improved in the last 24 hours".

Scalise, the number three House Republican, was shot along with three other people early Wednesday when a lone gunman, angry about President Donald Trump, attacked a group of Republican lawmakers as they practiced for a congressional charity baseball game.

The president said that because of the "tremendous pain and suffering he's now enduring. our country will perhaps become closer, more unified".

Signs acknowledging wounded congressman Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) are seen prior to the Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park in Washington, U.S., June 15, 2017.

House Speaker Paul Ryan visited Scalise at the hospital Friday, an aide said. The shooter was identified as James T. Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old home inspector from IL.

The FBI said it was investigating the shooter's "activities and social media impressions" in the months leading up to the attack.

On Friday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation identified the guns found at the scene of the shooting as a 9 mm handgun and a 7.62-caliber rifle.

Scalise's security detail and other police officers shot and killed the assailant, James Hodgkinson of IL, who had lashed out against President Donald Trump and other 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".

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

  • Larry Hoffman