List of GOP congressmen found with baseball practice shooter

List of GOP congressmen found with baseball practice shooter

List of GOP congressmen found with baseball practice shooter

US Representative Steve Scalise, the No 3 House Republican, has shown improvement in the past 36 hours after being shot by a man who opened fire on Republican lawmakers at a baseball practice earlier in the week, his lead surgeon said on Friday.

Dr. Jack Sava, director of trauma at Medstar Washington Hospital, told reporters that multiple surgeries appeared to have brought multiple internal hemorrhages under control.

Although Scalise was able to talk on the ballfield, by the time he was transported by helicopter to the hospital, he was in shock.

Capitol Police Officer Crystal Griner also remains at the MedStar Washington hospital after sustaining a gunshot wound to her ankle, but is in "good condition and good spirits" the hospital said.

Scalise arrived at the hospital in a critical state, facing "an imminent risk of death", Sava said. Sava later told The Associated Press that Scalise's care is on track for someone with such a severe injury but that he still faces many risks to recovery. He said doctors have turned down Scalise's sedation levels enough that the lawmaker has been able to respond to family members visiting him in the hospital.

Once he has recovered, Sava said, Scalise will require rehabilitation.

James Hodgkinson, 66, who died in an exchange of gunfire with law enforcement during the shootout in Alexandria, Va., on Wednesday, had a list in his pocket that included U.S. Reps.

Earlier Friday, Trump said during an event in Miami that Scalise "took a bullet for all of us" in the surprise attack in Alexandria, Virginia. "He clearly knows that they're there and appreciates their presence", Sava said. "And because of him, and the tremendous pain and suffering he's now enduring - he's having a hard time, far worse than anybody thought - our country will perhaps become closer, more unified". Sava said Friday that there are hundreds of bullet fragments in Scalise's body, but "we have no intention to try and remove all the bullet fragments at this point". "So we all owe Steve a big, big thank you", Trump added.

The FBI said that the shooter's weapons found at the scene - a 9mm handgun and 7.62mm caliber rifle - had been legally purchased. He declined to describe specific internal injuries. Hodgkinson maintained a social media presence that was pro-Bernie Sanders and anti-Republican.

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