Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Congressman Scalise Upgraded to Serious Condition, Showing Improvement: Hospital

Congressman Scalise Upgraded to Serious Condition, Showing Improvement: Hospital

One day after a gunman opened fire at a Republican congressional baseball practice, shooting House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and three others, lawmakers are on the field Thursday evening at Nationals Park in Washington.

Scalise remained listed in critical condition Thursday night after multiple surgeries, though word came from the hospital during the game that he had improved.

Sava estimates there are hundreds of bullet fragments in Scalise's pelvis and says doctors don't intend to try to remove them all, as that could cause more harm than good.

Scalise, 51, and four others were wounded when an IL man opened fire Wednesday morning on the team practice in Alexandria.

The risk is lower than when Scalise was brought in to the hospital, Sava noted, adding that he more confident and optimistic about the congressman's condition.

Hodgkinson 66, who was from the St. Louis suburb of Belleville, Illinois, died after being shot by police.

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

Republican members of Congress played their Democratic colleagues in a charity game on Thursday night at Nationals Park, home of the Washington Nationals Major League Baseball team, with thousands of spectators attending.

Aides to Ryan, R-Wis., confirmed the speaker had visited Scalise at the hospital but declined to provide details of the encounter.

"[Scalise] will require additional operations to manage abdominal injuries and other broken bones".

U.S. politicians are playing in a charity baseball game a day after a shooting - as they practised - wounded a top Republican and three others.

Scalise was fielding ground balls at second base Wednesday when he was shot at a practice for the annual Republicans-Democrats baseball game. They released photos of guns similar to the handgun and rifle that were used in the attack, which officials have said were purchased legally.

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Doctors "fully expect him to walk", Sava said, "and hopefully run".

At the end of the game when Democratic manager Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Doyle was presented the winning trophy, he called Republican manager Texas Rep. Joe Barton to join him.

But Flake said the final score wasn't likely to matter this year. Griner is still hospitalized at MedStar and "in good spirits", Sava said.

"He underwent another surgery today, but continues to show signs of improvement", it said.

In that awful crime, the country also witnessed the incredible heroism of the Capitol Police, he said, adding that Special Agent Crystal Griner - who he also met during his visit to the hospital - raced into gunfire, along with Special Agent David Bailey. On Friday, Bailey was spotted back in the Capitol building, on crutches and out of uniform, accepting congratulations from fellow officers.

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