Shot US congressman still 'critical' but improving - doctor

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House Majority Whip Steve Scalise remains in critical condition Friday, days after a shooting at an early-morning baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia.

"I think that an excellent recovery is a good possibility", Dr. Jack Sava, director of trauma at MedStar Washington Hospital Center said at a news conference Friday afternoon.

The source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Scalise was undergoing another surgical procedure on Thursday.

Scalise, 51, and three others were wounded when a man identified as James Hodgkinson, 66, from the St. Louis suburb of Belleville, Illinois opened fire on the Republican lawmakers.

Mika also remained hospitalized Saturday after undergoing an additional surgery.

The motive for the shooting remained unclear but authorities were zeroing in on the life of James T. Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old man from IL, in the months and weeks before Wednesday morning's shooting.

"They saved a lot of lives", the president said.

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Rep. Mo Brooks: "I heard Steve Scalise scream". Hodgkinson was shot by police and later died of his injuries.

One of the Capitol Police officers, David Bailey, who was hailed as a hero for the way he helped to subdue the gunman, appeared on crutches. "He remains in critical condition, but has improved in the last 24 hours. By playing tonight, you are showing the world that we will not be intimidated by threats, acts of violence, or assaults on our democracy".

"While we know there will be hard and challenging days ahead for Matt and our family, the phsycians and specialists at Matt's side expect a full recovery", the statement said.

But Scalise still faces multiple surgeries, a prolonged hospital stay and a lengthy recovery, Sava stressed. "The doctor added, however, that Scalise will certainly be in the hospital for a considerable period of time, presumably weeks".

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.

Congressional Democrats and Republicans put aside their political differences Thursday to play in the traditional Congressional Baseball Game a day after a horrific shooting left Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise and others wounded.

The bullet struck Scalise in the hip, and traveled across his body, shattering bones and passing through internal organs, causing major internal bleeding.

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