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Scalise still in critical condition but improved after second surgery

Sava said that after being released from the hospital, Scalise 'will require a period of healing and rehabilitation'.

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. "We're all close to Steve Scalise, he's a lovely person". "We are encouraged by improvement in his condition over last 36 hours".

Sava declined to put a timeline on when that would happen or when Scalise, 51, would be able to leave the hospital. After Scalise was shot in the hip, the bullet traveled through his pelvis, fractured bones and injured internal organs. He was identified as James T. Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Illinois.

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'.

Hospital officials said it is hard to predict how long the congressman will be in the hospital, but that he is expected to be able to walk and hopefully run after a period of rehabilitation.

"I feel a lot more confident and a lot more optimistic than I did two, three days ago", Sava said. His risk of death is "substantially lower" than it was when he was admitted to the hospital on Wednesday, and "I think that an excellent recovery is a good possibility", Sava said.

Sava said he told Scalise's family that 'I am not declaring victory until he's playing ball in his back yard with his family'. Capitol Police officer David Bailey and Texas Rep. Roger Williams were also injured during the incident.

The doctor said U.S. Capitol Police Special Agent Crystal Griner, who was also wounded in the shooting, "sustained a gunshot wound to the ankle, and remains hospitalized in good condition". His family said in a statement Saturday that Mika had undergone another operation and was expected to recover fully, according to NBC News. Scalise was shot Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Va., congressional officials say.

"The Scalise family greatly appreciates the outpouring of thoughts and prayers", MedStar Washington Hospital Center said in a statement released on behalf of his kin, reports CNN.

Members of Congress took the field at Washington's Nationals Park on Thursday night for the game, many wearing hats to honor Scalise.

Hodgkinson was said to have been motivated by grievances against President Donald Trump.

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