US Republican Steve Scalise shows signs of improvement after shooting


"Congressman Steve Scalise is in serious condition", the statement from MedStar Washington Hospital said.

In a statement posted to his Twitter account, Mr Scalise was said to be "more responsive, and is speaking with his loved ones". Mr Scalise, 51, sustained injuries to internal organs, broken bones and severe bleeding after being shot in his left hip on Wednesday morning on a baseball field in a Washington suburb.

His detail, who were eventually joined by Alexandria Police and other first responders, fended off the shooter, James Hodgkinson of IL, killing him in the subsequent gunfight.

Yet if Scalise did not suffer nerve damage and his recovery continues without any complications, "it is possible that within three months or so, he can ... be back on his feet", Jahangir said Friday.

Shooter James Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill., was shot and died later Wednesday of his wounds in the hospital.

The crowd started clapping and chanting United States of America after the first pitch was thrown by injured Capitol Police Officer David Bailey, one of the two officers on the congressman's security detail who've been credited with saving his life and potentially many others.

Ticket sales picked up after Wednesday's shooting, eventually setting an attendance record, the organizers said, as attendees such as Alexander Hilten, 16, of Arlington, Va., chose to come to the game for the first time.

Trump, who visited Scalise at the hospital on Wednesday, said the congressman was "in some trouble but he's going to be okay, we hope".

Steve Scalise, the majority whip of the House of Representatives, was among them.

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Bailey received a hero's welcome from a record crowd of almost 25,000 at Thursday's game when he threw out the first pitch, and Barth also showed up for the game, walking with crutches.

Leaders decided the game would go on as scheduled at Nationals Park in Washington, home of the city's professional baseball team, and the Democrats won, 11 to 2.

After hearing the news, Democrats gathered together in the baseball field where they had been practicing and closed their eyes, praying for colleagues, staff and friends who had been injured, said Time magazine.

Lobbyist Matt Mika was shot multiple times and remains hospitalized. MedStar Washington Hospital Center Director of Trauma Dr. Jack Sava leaves a news conference in Washington, Friday, June 16, 2017, about the condition of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La. who was shot in Alexandria, .

After additional surgeries and rehabilitation, Scalise can be expected to walk "and hopefully run", Sava said. They say he is able to communicate through notes, and signed the game ball from Friday's congressional baseball game. Both had appeared on the House floor earlier Thursday.

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. "And because of him and the tremendous pain and suffering he's now enduring - and he's having a hard time, far worse than anybody thought - our country will perhaps become closer, more unified - so important". Bernie Sanders' campaign, Hodgkinson's social media profile was filled with violent-sounding rhetoric against the Republican Party.

Democrats bounced back from a loss a year ago, when the game was played the night after they held an all-night session on the House floor to protest Republican inaction on gun legislation.

Griner, who was also shot, is in the hospital in good condition and spirits after a gunshot wound to the ankle, Sava said today.

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