Rep. Steve Scalise Still in Critical Condition, ‘Has Improved,’ Hospital Officials Say

Doctors said he was near death upon arrival at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.Scalise and three others were shot by 66-year-old James Hodgkinson during a GOP baseball practice on Wednesday.After additional surgeries and rehabilitation, Scalise can be expected to walk “and hopefully run”, Sava said.Predicting when the congressman would be released from the hospital was hard, the doctor said, adding that “he will require a period of healing and of rehabilitation”.The Congressional Baseball game had “higher attendance than MLB games in Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, MN, Oakland”, according to The New York Times.USA politicians are playing in a charity baseball game a day after a shooting – as they practised – wounded a top Republican and three others.Almost 25,000 tickets were sold for the game and it was on track to raise more than $1 million, roughly double what it did past year, organizers said.On Thursday night Scalise was honored at the annual congressional baseball game at Nationals Stadium, where a record crowd showed up.Top US Republican lawmaker Steve Scalise remains hospitalized in critical condition after being shot this week but he has improved, his surgeon said Friday as he expressed optimism about the legislator’s prospects for recovery.Lawmakers agreed after the shooting to play the game anyway, and it went on under extra security.”I think it’s very important that all of us go forward with this game to send a statement that we are not going to let the bad people in this country win”, said Rep. Fleischmann during an interview on Thursday.Congress members and aides watched Mr Scalise drag himself through the dirt field after he was shot, leaving a trail of blood behind him.The Louisiana Republican was shot in the hip Wednesday morning in the baseball practice shooting by an IL man with grudges against President Donald Trump and the GOP.House Majority Whip Steve Scalise looks like he will make an “excellent recovery”, doctors say – but that wasn’t always the case.David Bailey, one of the two Capitol Police officers on Scalise’s security detail who have been credited with saving his life, threw out the first pitch.Investigators are trying to determine what his intent may have been – whether it was a list of potential targets for violence or whether he wrote them down for some other reason, one official said.Speaking in Miami on Friday, Trump said Scalise “took a bullet for all of us”.Colleagues, who visited Mr Scalise at a Washington hospital, sounded generally upbeat but spoke more in terms of hopes than the confident predictions of the immediate aftermath a day earlier.Aguilar plays outfield for the Democratic team; before the shooting, Scalise was slated to play second base for the Republicans.”I was surprised by some of the reports also”, Sava said.