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Scalise doctor hopes for 'excellent recovery' despite risk

18 June 2017

"I feel a lot more confident and a lot more optimistic than I did two, three days ago", Sava said. "I think that an excellent recovery is a good possibility", the doctor said. The congressman's risk of death was now substantially lower because doctors have controlled the bleeding and his vital signs have stabilised.

The man who opened fire on Republicans practicing for the Congressional Baseball Game Wednesday morning had a list of names on him at the time, a source confirmed to WTOP. The other victims are recovering from their wounds, while the gunman died after a shootout with police.

Hodgkinson was fatally shot during an exchange of gunfire with police during the rampage. "Let us always remember that our job is to serve and represent the whole American People - and that we are all children of the same God", Trump said. But he will remain in the hospital for "a considerable period of time" and faces additional operations. He arrived "in critical condition with an imminent risk of death", Sava said, adding that now, "we are encouraged by improvement in his condition".

The doctor said Scalise has been sedated although the dosage has been turned down to allow him to respond to family members.

"I am sickened by this despicable act", Sanders said in a statement condemning all acts of violence.


Because the bullet shattered, there may be hundreds of fragments in Scalise's body and doctors do not intend to try to remove them all, Sava said. The trauma director said it was too soon to estimate how long hospitalization would be necessary. Griner remains hospitalized at MedStar Hospital after getting shot in the ankle, and Sava described her in good condition.

On Friday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation identified the guns found at the scene of the shooting as a 9 mm handgun and a 7.62-caliber rifle.

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. Hodgkinson, a Belleville, Ill., resident who officials said had been living out of his vehicle in Alexandria, Va., opened fire as Congress members and staffers practiced for a charity baseball game slated for Thursday.

Scalise was elected to the House of Representatives in 2008 from Louisiana. As majority whip, he is the chief vote counter in the Republican conference.

Scalise doctor hopes for 'excellent recovery' despite risk