Scalise upgraded from 'critical' to 'serious' condition

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"The congressman's status remains critical", Jack Sava, director of trauma at MedStar Washington Hospital Centre.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise looks like he will make an "excellent recovery", doctors say - but that wasn't always the case. According to the hospital, he sustained a single shot to his left hip, with the bullet traveling across his pelvis causing bone fractures, internal organ injury and severe bleeding.

Scalise received numerous blood transfusions as surgeons worked to fix his torn blood vessels and other wounds, Sava said, adding: "We are encouraged by improvement in his condition over the last 36 hours".

The shooter, James T. Hodgkinson, was killed by police Wednesday after firing dozens of bullets during the congressional practice session.

The charity game, pitting Republican lawmakers against their Democratic colleagues, was set to proceed as scheduled at 7:05 p.m. (2300 GMT) at Nationals Park, home of the Washington Nationals Major League Baseball team, with thousands of spectators expected in the stands.

Aides to Ryan, R-Wis., confirmed the speaker had visited Scalise at the hospital but declined to provide details of the encounter. But he will remain in the hospital for "a considerable period of time" and faces additional operations.

Since then he has had more than one surgery and doctors expect he will continue to have more in the near future.

Trump says Scalise "continues his very courageous fight", but adds: "it's been much more hard than people even thought at the time".

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Aguilar plays outfield for the Democratic team; before the shooting, Scalise was slated to play second base for the Republicans.

The surgeon on Friday said he was "a lot more confident and optimistic" about Scalise's recovery than he was two days ago. The 66-year-old posted several angry messages about President Donald Trump and the Republican party on social media before the incident.

Scalise should be able to walk again, Sava said.

Those who witnessed the attack say a lone gunman armed with a rifle opened fire on the Republican lawmakers as they warmed up and took batting practice.

"The Congressional Baseball Game has never been about Republicans against Democrats", said Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-C.A., in an opinion piece he wrote for CNN.

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.

But Flake said the final score wasn't likely to matter this year. Griner remains hospitalized at MedStar Hospital after getting shot in the ankle, and Sava described her in good condition. Mika's family said the lobbyist was shot multiple times.

Bailey was spotted Friday in the Capitol, on crutches and out of uniform, accepting congratulations from fellow officers.

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