Doctor: Scalise improving, came in at 'imminent risk of death'

In the course of Thursday night's charity game, which drew a record attendance to Nationals Park, MedStar hospital issued a new update on Scalise's condition, saying that the lawmaker "remains in critical condition, but has improved in the last 24 hours".

"The congressman's status remains critical", Jack Sava, the director of trauma at the Washington Hospital Center, told reporters.

Doctors have been able to control Scalise's internal bleeding and his vital signs have stabilized, Sava said. "The congressman will require additional operations, and will be in the hospital for some time". The GOP leader was "as critical as you can be" when he arrived at the hospital, Sava said.

"I feel a lot more confident and a lot more optimistic than I did two, three days ago", Dr. Sava said at a press conference.

After Hodgkinson's shooting spree began on Wednesday morning at a Congressional GOP baseball practice, he was shot by Capitol Police on the scene and subsequently died of his injuries.

Several lawmakers and analysts have suggested the shooting could be politically-motivated given the shooter's leftist rants on social media, and called on all lawmakers support each other after the indident.

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Scalise was among those shot by a gunman who attacked a GOP team baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday. "So we all owe Steve a big, big thank you".

The president said that because of the "tremendous pain and suffering he's now enduring. our country will perhaps become closer, more unified".

President Donald Trump said Friday that Steve Scalise "took a bullet for all of us".

The hospital said earlier in the week that he had undergone surgery for internal injuries and a broken leg. They released photos of guns similar to the handgun and rifle that were used in the attack, which officials have said were purchased legally.

Hodgkinson, a Belleville, Illinois, home inspector who had been living out of his van near the park, had a social media page filled with criticism of Republicans and the Trump administration. The offices of both senators - Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth - turned over the emails to Capitol Police and declined to offer specifics about their content. Sava says Scalise has responded to family members while he's still under sedation. On Friday, Bailey was spotted back in the Capitol building, on crutches and out of uniform, accepting congratulations from fellow officers.

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