Although he remains in critical condition, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise stands a good chance for an "excellent" recovery after being shot at a charity baseball practice outside Washington this week.
And defines "serious" as: "Vital signs may be unstable and not within normal limits".
A list with several names of Congress members written on it was reportedly found with the man suspected of opening fire at a GOP baseball practice on Wednesday, according to several reports.
Sava says he has been confused by reporting that may have led the public to believe that Scalise wasn't seriously injured; a wound from a high-velocity projectile is not minor in any way, he said.
Rep. Trent Franks told Kate Bolduan on "Erin Burnett OutFront" that he has also been contacted by Capitol Police.
"The FBI continues to process evidence collected from various search sites in an effort to assess the potential motivations of the single shooter", the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a press release Friday. "I think that his risk of death right now is substantially lower than when he came in ... he was as critical as you can be when he came in".
Sava said that multiple teams have worked on the congressman, with a combination of surgeries and procedures.More news: Bodies found on 'ripped' USA destroyer
"He is more responsive, and is speaking with his loved ones", the hospital said in the statement. He added that Scalise would be in the hospital "for some time" and would need "a period of healing and rehabilitation" after being discharged.
The bullet hit Scalise in the left hip, then traveled to the other hip. Hundreds of bullet fragments remain in his body.
Investigators say he shot House Rep. Steve Scalise before he was killed by police who had been guarding the congressman. He underwent surgery but requires additional procedures to mend significant internal injuries, including a broken hip and damage to internal organs.
Richmond, who plays for the Democratic team, said he had visited the hospital twice and planned to go again before Thursday night's game at Nationals Park.
Doctors "fully expect him to walk", Sava said, "and hopefully run".
He said that, while the Congressman remains sedated, that has been dialed back a bit to the point where Scalise has been able to respond to his family, and knows they are there with him.