US congressman Scalise still in critical condition -hospital

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Doctors at MedStar Washington Hospital Center say that since U.S. Rep Steve Scalise arrived there after he was shot in the hip Wednesday morning, "excellent" recovery is now a "good" possibility and that they expect him to walk again.

Scalise, who remains in critical condition but has improved, was shot in the left hip and suffered damage to internal organs.

"When he arrived, he was in critical condition with an imminent risk of death", Dr. Jack Sava, director of trauma at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, said during a press conference Friday afternoon.

Capitol Police Special Agent Crystal Griner was shot in the ankle but was recovering at the hospital.

On Thursday night Scalise was honored at the annual congressional baseball game at Nationals Stadium, where a record crowd showed up. Scalise was hit as a gunman sprayed bullets into a GOP congressional baseball practice outside Washington D.C.

"On behalf of Steve and our children, I want to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for the incredible amount of prayers and warm wishes we have received since Wednesday's events", Mrs. Scalise said in the statement.

Colleagues who visited Scalise, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, sounded generally upbeat, but spoke more in terms of hopes than the confident predictions of the immediate aftermath a day earlier.

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".

Still, finger-pointing lingered as some on each side suggested the other had contributed more to the disparaging broadsides they've increasingly aimed at each other. Hodgkinson, a Belleville, Illinois, home inspector, had been living out of his van near the park.

The FBI said that the shooter's weapons found at the scene - a 9mm handgun and 7.62mm caliber rifle - had been legally purchased.

Hodgkinson contacted both of his state's Democratic senators frequently, always through email links on their websites, spokesmen said Friday. He declined to describe specific internal injuries.

A number of social media users were quick to seize upon the opportunity to call out Trump, Pence and Scalise - who remains in critical condition - for their lack of support for LGBTQ rights.

Also suffering relatively minor injuries were two Capitol Police officers, David Bailey and Crystal Griner, and House GOP aide Zack Barth. Lobbyist Matt Mika was shot multiple times and critically injured and remained hospitalized.

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