Hospital: Scalise was on the brink of death, condition has improved 'subtantially'

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The House Republican baseball team had been practicing for weeks in early mornings at the Alexandria site for Thursday's annual congressional baseball game against Democratic lawmakers' team. The bullet entered Scalise's left hip and tore through his pelvis, breaking bones, injuring organs and causing severe bleeding.

Dr. Jack Sava gave an update on Scalise's condition Friday afternoon and said Scalise was on the brink of death when he got to the hospital by helicopter Wednesday morning.

The wife of wounded GOP congressman Steve Scalise says she is thankful for all the prayers and warm wishes her family has received since her husband was shot at a baseball practice. After additional surgeries and a period of rehabilitation, Sava said that the congressman should be able to walk and even run.

According to Sava, Scalise arrived at the hospital Wednesday in "critical condition with an imminent risk of death" after taking a gunshot to the hip during a GOP baseball practice.

The surgeon on Friday said he was "a lot more confident and optimistic" about Scalise's recovery than he was two days ago.

Democrat Cedric Richmond, a fellow Louisiana congressman, said as many others did that Scalise is a fighter.

Republican and Democrats faced off in the the Congressional Baseball Game Thursday night, but the spirit of bipartisanship was alive and well following the assassination attempt on some lawmakers. He has been sedated, but has been brought out of sedation periodically and been able to recognize and communicate with his family, Sava said.

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Sava said Scalise would need to undergo an additional operation within the next 48 hours and more beyond that.

Scalise, a veteran Louisiana politician, was reported [to be in critical condition Friday morning].

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

Investigators studying Wednesday's attack at a suburban Virginia park said Thursday that shooter James Hodgkinson had obtained his rifle and handgun from licensed firearms dealers.

Speaking earlier Friday in Miami, Trump said Scalise "took a bullet for all of us" when he was shot.

In that bad 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. Capitol Police said they had "no evidence to suggest that the purchases were not lawful". Hodgkinson had posted comments critical of President Trump on his social-media accounts and engaged in a profane tirade about Trump in a chance conversation with an auto mechanic the day before the attack in Alexandria, where Hodgkinson had been living in his van since about March.

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