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USA lawmaker shot by anti-Trump gunman showing improvement

19 June 2017, 12:51 | Frank Carlson

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Hospital Scalise still critical'has improved in the last 24 hours

Senior Congressman Steve Scalise's condition was upgraded to "serious" after he underwent a second surgery on Saturday, after he was injured in a shooting at a Republican congressional baseball practice earlier this week. "The Scalise family greatly appreciates the outpouring of thoughts and prayers".

Scalise was shot in the hip, and sustained grievous injuries as the bullet traveled through his pelvis and injured internal organs.

"Most importantly, we are forever grateful for the heroism of Special Agents Crystal Griner and David Bailey, who saved the lives of everyone at the baseball field that morning, including Steve's", Scalise's wife, Jennifer, 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. Hodgkinson sprayed rifle fire at Republican congressmen on Wednesday as they practiced for a charity baseball game.

A playground near the baseball field is cordoned off with police tape as the investigation continue at the scene in Alexandria, Va., Thursday, June 15, 2017, the day after House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La. was shot d.

"It's been much more hard than people even thought at the time", Trump told reporters at the White House on Thursday, adding he also visited the wounded Capitol Police officer at the hospital.

Scalise, 51, and three others were wounded when a man identified as James Hodgkinson, 66, from the St. Louis suburb of Belleville, Illinois, opened fire on the lawmakers.

Trump Praises Black Capitol Hill Officers for Saving Republicans' Lives
Richmond said he saw Griner and Bailey nearly weekly when they fly home to Louisiana with Scalise. Griner and Special Agent David Bailey engaged the gunman and shot him dead.

Scalise and lobbyist Matt Mika remained in critical condition Friday.

When Scalise arrived in the hospital, he had an "imminent risk of death" and was "as critical as you can be", doctors also said.

Authorities say they are examining a cell phone, a computer and a camera found inside a white van where the gunman who wounded a top Republican congressman and several others had been living.

"In Washington we have our disagreements, but we all agree that we are here to serve this nation we love and the people who call it home", Trump said.

President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, visited with Scalise late Wednesday.

Investigators said in a statement that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has searched the van, which was parked not far from the Alexandria, Virginia, baseball field where Wednesday's shooting took place. Hodgkinson was mortally wounded by police.

The deciding factor will probably be Louisiana Democrat Cedric Richmond, who may be the best to have ever played in the game.



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