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USA lawmaker shot by anti-Trump gunman showing improvement

Steve Scalise, the third-ranking House Republican shot Wednesday on a suburban Washington baseball field, remains in critical condition but has a chance for an “excellent recovery”, the chief trauma doctor at a Washington hospital said Friday.Even with the progress over the last two days, though, Sava said Scalise will remain in the hospital for the near future. He was shot in the hip in the Wednesday morning incident and the bullet fractured bones and injured internal organs, causing severe bleeding. He was considered in “imminent risk of death” when he arrived at the hospital after the shooting, the hospital’s director of trauma, Dr. Jack Sava, said Friday.More on this as it develops.MedStar Washington Hospital, where Scalise is being treated after being shot, updated his condition on Saturday. A lobbyist shot multiple times and critically injured also remains hospitalized.Sava said that after being released from the hospital, Scalise “will require a period of healing and rehabilitation”.Family members of Matt Mika say the MI native was shot multiple times in his chest and arm, and he remains in the intensive care unit in critical condition at George Washington University Hospital. When the members of the Republican team were announced, mention of Scalise’s name drew a standing ovation throughout the stadium. The shooter was an IL man, James Hodgkinson, who had lashed out against President Donald Trump and Republicans over social media.The House of Representatives’ No. 3 Republican leader was in grave condition when he was first shot.President Donald Trump visited Scalise at the hospital Wednesday night and later said in a speech, “He’s a great fighter and he’s going to be OK, we hope”.Scalise and other Republican congressmen were practicing at the time for an annual game between Democratic and Republican legislators that raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity.A law enforcement official says the gunman who wounded a top Republican congressman and several other people during an early morning baseball practice legally purchased his rifle and handgun.Instead of wearing hats representing their home teams, as is the normal tradition, this year players on both teams wore Louisiana State University hats in honor of Scalise, a Louisiana Republican, for part of the game.