Hospital updates Rep. Scalise's condition while colleagues honor him at baseball game

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Hodgkinson, the IL man who shot House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and others at a congressional baseball practice last week, had with him a piece of paper with doodles and the names of three lawmakers, according to a person familiar with the case.

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. The congressman sustained "substantial damage" to organs and blood vessels, Sava said, and remains in intensive care.

Scalise, 51, a Louisiana Republican who is the No. 3 House Republican, remained in critical condition at a hospital a few miles from the stadium after undergoing a third surgery on Thursday.

Though Scalise was conscious at the scene after he was shot and his office said he talked to his wife before his first surgery, he was in shock by the time he arrived at the hospital, according to Sava.

The risk is lower than when Scalise was brought in to the hospital, Sava noted, adding that he more confident and optimistic about the congressman's condition.

Scalise's trauma surgeon said Friday that the GOP whip can hope to make an "excellent recovery" even though he arrived at the hospital Wednesday at risk of imminent death.

Hospital officials said it is hard to predict how long the congressman will be in the hospital, but that he is expected to be able to walk and hopefully run after a period of rehabilitation.

The FBI, ATF, U.S. Capitol Police and Alexandria Police said Thursday that said the shooter's weapons were a 9 mm handgun and a 7.62 caliber rifle, which he appears to have purchased legally. Then, another man injured in the shooting, Capital Officer David Bailey, threw the first pitch.

FILE - In this March 8, 2017 file photo, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington.

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, Virginia.

A total of four people were shot at the ballpark by the gunman, identified as 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill. He has undergone additional surgery and doctors expect a full recovery. Barth has been treated and released from the hospital; Mika, who was shot in the chest and arms, remains in critical condition at George Washington University Hospital.

"As well as President Trump, Vice President Pence and all of Steve's colleagues who have reached out during this challenging time".

Many members of the House and Senate from both major political parties spoke warmly this week about Scalise's gregarious nature, and how well-liked he was by his peers. Trump later said that we're all here to serve the nation we love, and how that's a source of unity. There were reports of death threats being called in to congressional Democrats and Republicans alike.

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