US lawmaker Scalise improving after baseball field shooting

It's an attack which sent several to the hospital including two Capitol police officers and Congressman Steve Scalise. His risk of death is "substantially lower" than it was when he was admitted to the hospital on Wednesday, and "I think that an excellent recovery is a good possibility", Sava said. The bullet entered his left hip and tore through his pelvis, breaking bones, injuring organs and causing severe bleeding. Scalise will undergo more operations. He remains sedated but has been able to respond to his family.

Nonetheless, said Sava, "We fully expect him to be able to walk" and "hopefully run".

Mr Scalise was shot in the hip when a lone gunman descended on the baseball practice in a Washington, DC suburb on Wednesday.

The alleged gunman, James Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois, died shortly after the incident following a shoot out with police.

If Scalise did not suffer nerve damage and his recovery continues without any complications, "it is possible that within three months or so, he can.be back on his feet", said Dr. Alex Jahangir, an orthopedic trauma surgeon at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, who was not involved in Scalise's care.

Speaking in Miami on Friday, Trump said Scalise "took a bullet for all of us. And because of him, and the tremendous pain and suffering he's now enduring - he's having a hard time, far worse than anybody thought - our country will perhaps become closer, more unified".

"I was surprised by some of the reports also", Sava said.

Scalise probably has hundreds of bullet fragments in his body, and doctors don't plan to remove them because usually there is more risk than benefit in doing so, Sava said. "We all owe Steve a big, big thank you".

The FBI said that the shooter's weapons found at the scene - a 9mm handgun and 7.62mm caliber rifle - had been legally purchased.

Hodgkinson posted content favorable to Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on his social media accounts and signed a Change.org petition for the removal of Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. He received multiple units of blood, said Sava, who declined to describe the exact nature of Scalise's internal injuries. Bailey was spotted Friday in the Capitol, on crutches and out of uniform, accepting congratulations from fellow officers.

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