Congressman Scalise's condition improves after another surgery

James Hodgkinson

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

"I feel a lot more confident and a lot more optimistic than I did two, three days ago", said Dr. Jack Sava at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

Scalise was critically injured following a shooting at a congressional baseball practice on Wednesday.

Congressman Steve Scalise is in serious condition.

MedStar said in a statement Friday that Scalise was in critical condition but had showed signs of improvement. The hospital says Scalise "will require additional operations, and will be in the hospital for some time". The doctor described how a bullet from an assault rifle entered Scalise's hip and traversed his pelvis, shattering blood vessels, bones and internal organs along the way.

Lobbyist Matt Mika was shot multiple times and remains hospitalized. Scalise has been an avid participant in the game since arriving in Congress in 2008. He died after officers in Scalise's security detail and local police fired at him.

Scalise's Chief of Staff shared a message from the congressman's family at a Friday press conference. Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, was fatally shot in a firefight with police. The 51-year-old remains in a critical condition.

Hodgkinson's widow, Suzanne Hodgkinson, said Thursday afternoon that she had "no idea" he was going to carry out the murders.

Republicans and Democrats are fighting for bragging rights in their annual Congressional Baseball game, and doing so as one unit - Team Scalise.

Two Capitol Police officers, David Bailey and Crystal Griner, and House Republican aide Zack Barth, were also injured in the shooting.

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.

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