The man who shot senior Republican congressman Steve Scalise and others at a congressional baseball practice session this week had a list containing the names of three politicians, officials said.
Scalise, the third-ranking GOP leader in the House, "continues to show signs of improvement", MedStar Washington Hospital Center said in a statement released on behalf of his family. Steve Scalise, congressional aide Zach Barth and US Capitol Police officer Crystal Griner were also shot in the early morning ambush; Capitol Police officer David Bailey and Texas Rep. Roger Williams were injured.
Scalise, the No. 3 House Republican, arrived at the hospital via helicopter in shock, with intense internal bleeding, Sava said.
Once recovered, Scalise will be able to walk and hopefully run, the doctor said.More news: Wife of Nik Wallenda hangs by teeth from chopper over Niagara Falls
Scalise's trauma surgeon said Friday he can hope to make an "excellent recovery", even though the lawmaker arrived at the hospital Wednesday at imminent risk of death. Medical staff said that he is sedated but does seem to know that his family is with him. Players on both sides wore Louisiana State University hats in a nod to Scalise, who remains in critical condition following several surgeries. "He will require additional operations to manage abdominal injuries and other bone injuries".
According to Sava, the bullet fractured upon entering Scalise's hip. The gunman, who had lashed out against President Donald Trump and Republicans over social media, was killed in a shootout with police.
Trump also adds, as he's said previously, that Scalise is "having a hard time, far worse than anybody thought" following the shooting Wednesday. Scalise remains in critical condition but his vital signs have stabilized and doctors have lifted sedation enough for him to respond to family members.
Meanwhile, investigators in Virginia are hunting for answers to why the 66-year-old IL man carrying grievances against the president and the GOP would let loose a hail of gunfire at a baseball diamond full of Republicans practicing for last night's charity ballgame. Scalise was hit as a gunman sprayed bullets into a GOP congressional baseball practice outside Washington D.C.