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U.S. lawmaker shot by anti-Trump gunman showing improvement

Scalise was one of several people shot by suspect James T. Hodgkinson ― a 66-year-old resident of IL ― who targeted a GOP team baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday.The hospital said Saturday Scalise is more responsive and speaking with his loved ones.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”. Scalise’s doctors said Friday they were growing increasingly confident and optimistic about his condition, though more operations would be required and it was unclear how long he would be hospitalized. The round fragmented, and caused significant damage to bones, internal organs and blood vessels.The Louisiana congressman was shot in the hip by a deranged gunman Wednesday morning while practicing for the annual charitable congressional baseball game.The person says investigators aren’t sure of the significance of the names and it’s not clear whether this was a list of people the attacker was targeting.Congressman Steve Scalise is in serious condition.The person did not disclose the names, but said those listed had been briefed.The gunman, identified by law enforcement officials as 66-year-old James Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois, later died from injuries sustained during a shootout with police on the scene.Hodgkinson – an IL 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.Mr Scalise was airlifted to hospital in shock, with intense internal bleeding, Dr Sava said.Two Capitol Police officers, David Bailey and Crystal Griner, and House Republican aide Zack Barth, were also injured in the shooting.Griner remained in the hospital in good condition after sustaining a gunshot wound to the ankle, according to a Friday update.Bailey was spotted Friday in the Capitol, on crutches and out of uniform, accepting congratulations from fellow officers.