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Doctors 'encouraged' by Scalise's improvement

Doctors 'encouraged' by Scalise's improvement

Dr. Jack Sava, the director of trauma at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center, said this afternoon that Scalise had "sustained a single rifle wound that entered in the area of the left hip".

Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., remains in critical condition, hospital officials said this afternoon, after the House majority whip and three others were shot at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, Wednesday.

The man who opened fire on Republican lawmakers practicing baseball had angrily railed against President Donald Trump the day before the shooting. Another Capitol Police officer, David Bailey, who was hit by shrapnel, and a congressional aide, Zach Barth, who was shot, were previously treated and released from a hospital. He has undergone several surgeries since Wednesday's shooting.

Scalise, 51, had another surgery on Saturday and "he is more responsive and is speaking with his loved ones", a statement posted to his Twitter account said. The shooter was an IL man, James Hodgkinson, who had lashed out against President Donald Trump and Republicans over social media.

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"Five people were wounded in the assault, including a member of House Leadership - my good friend, Steve Scalise", Trump said in his weekly web and radio address to the nation. After Scalise was shot in the hip, the bullet traveled through his pelvis, fractured bones and injured internal organs.

A source said investigators are not sure of the significance of the names and it is not clear whether this was a list of people the attacker was targeting. Infection remains a considerable risk in the days and weeks during Scalise's extended hospital stay, Sava said. The congressman's vital signs have stabilized and his internal bleeding is under control, according to the doctor, who said Scalise's physicians were "encouraged" by his progress but remained cautious. Sava said Scalise "clearly knows" his family is there and "appreciates" their presence. He arrived "in critical condition with an imminent risk of death", Sava said, adding that now, "we are encouraged by improvement in his condition".

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

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