GOP shooting: Scalise improving from brink of death

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Scalise is still in critical condition and faces several more operations, but doctors are "encouraged" by his progress.

Scalise, 51, was among four people shot by a gunman identified as James Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Ill., who died after a shootout with police. The bullet had fractured bones and torn through internal organs, according to a hospital statement late Wednesday night.

Once recovered, Mr Scalise will be able to walk and hopefully run, the doctor said. "I feel a lot more confident than I did two, three days ago".

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, a veteran Louisiana politician, was reported by CNN to be clinging to life after surgery. "As well as President Trump, Vice President Pence and all of Steve's colleagues who have reached out during this challenging time". But he recorded a message that played at the top of the game, paying tribute to Rep. Steve Scalise, who remains in critical condition following a shooting attack on the Republicans practicing for the game Wednesday morning.

"As you all know tonight's game has taken on a much deeper level of meaning, beyond anything that we would have thought", Trump said in the video. The person familiar with the discovery did not disclose the names but said that those listed had been briefed. Long-ago Little Leaguers now in Congress don their spikes and dust off their gloves in a game played for claiming top dog status and to benefit several charities.

Lobbyist Matt Mika was shot multiple times and remains hospitalized.

After visiting Scalise Wednesday evening at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Trump tweeted: "Rep. Steve Scalise, one of the truly great people, is in very tough shape - but he is a real fighter". Hodgkinson had posted comments critical of President Donald Trump on his social-media accounts and engaged in a profane tirade about Trump in a chance conversation with an auto mechanic the day before the attack in Alexandria, where Hodgkinson had been living in his van since about March.

The offices of both senators - Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth - turned over the emails to Capitol Police and declined to divulge specifics about their content. He's been undergoing repeat surgeries.

Numerous players in the congressional game Thursday night are wearing Louisiana State University hats in honor of Scalise, a graduate of the school, as they assemble at Nationals Park in Washington.

Texas Rep. Roger Williams was also injured Wednesday but still coached the Republican team during Thursday's contest.

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