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Doctors: Scalise arrived at hospital in ‘imminent risk of death’

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise remains in critical condition but is showing signs of improvement after sustaining injuries during a shooting at the GOP’s congressional baseball practice Wednesday, Dr. Jack Sava, the director of trauma at MedSTAR Washington Hospital Center, said Friday.Scalise, who remains in critical condition but has improved, was shot in the left hip and suffered damage to internal organs.Even with the progress over the last two days, though, Sava said Scalise will remain in the hospital for the near future.In addition to Scalise, a police officer, a congressional aide and a lobbyist were shot on Wednesday morning when a man opened fire as the Republican lawmakers practiced for the game in the Washington suburb of Alexandria, Va.”My dear friend Steve Scalise took a bullet for all of us and because of him – and all the tremendous pain and suffering he has endured, he is having a hard time, far worse than anyone thought – our country will perhaps become closer, more unified, so important”, Trump said.In that awful crime, the country also witnessed the incredible heroism of the Capitol Police, he said, adding that Special Agent Crystal Griner – who he also met during his visit to the hospital – raced into gunfire, along with Special Agent David Bailey.More on this as it develops.”We all owe Steve a big, big thank you”, Trump added.The business of the House is resuming a day after a rifle-wielding attacker opened fire on Republican lawmakers practicing for a charity baseball game.When the members of the Republican team were announced at Nationals Park, mention of Scalise’s name drew a standing ovation from the areas designated for Republican, Democrat and nonpartisan fans alike. Doctors immediately performed surgery, but additional operations will be required, the hospital said in the late-night statement.The lawmakers took the field with many wearing hats to honour Scalise.At Friday’s hospital news conference, Scalise’s chief of staff Brett Horton read a statement from Jennifer Scalise, the congressman’s wife.The US Capitol Police said Hodgkinson used a 9 mm handgun and a 7.62-caliber rifle in the shooting, and traces run by investigators showed he evidently acquired the weapons legally.Hodgkinson contacted both of his state’s Democratic senators frequently, always through email links on their websites, spokesmen said Friday.Capitol Police officer David Bailey, who was injured in Wednesday’s attack, throws the first pitch.”I hope he’s in good enough shape to watch, because he’ll certainly feel good about what he sees”, Flake said.Hodgkinson also contacted the office of Rep. Mike Bost, R-Ill., at least 10 times over the past year, a Bost spokesman has said, characterizing the emails and phone calls as negative but not threatening. Long-ago Little Leaguers now in Congress don their spikes and dust off their gloves in a game played for claiming top dog status and to benefit several charities.