Wounded US Congressman Is Better, Still 'Critical'

Wounded US Congressman Is Better, Still 'Critical'

Police said it was unclear whether James Hodgkinson planned to target the lawmakers on his list, which included Reps. While he's still under sedation, Sava says Scalise has responded to family members.

"He's having a hard time, far worse than anybody thought", he said, adding that he hoped the country could become more unified in the aftermath of the shooting.

Rep. Franks says, "I have been notified there is an investigation I might be involved in". The doctor said Scalise was in shock and near death because of extensive blood loss when he arrived at the hospital by helicopter Wednesday.

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. Mr Scalise, 51, sustained injuries to internal organs, broken bones and severe bleeding after being shot in his left hip on Wednesday morning on a baseball field in a Washington suburb. The dead man's social media posts indicated he'd violently opposed President Donald Trump and the policies of his Republican Party.

They also released photos of guns similar to the 9mm handgun and 7.62-caliber rifle used in the attack, which officials have said were purchased legally.




Scalise's doctors estimate the congressman will be recovering in the hospital for the next couple of weeks.

House Speaker Paul Ryan paid a visit to his injured colleague at the hospital Friday. The offices of both senators - Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth - turned over the emails to Capitol Police and declined to offer specifics about their content. 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.

"On behalf of Steve and our children, I want to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for the incredible amount of prayers and warm wishes we have received since Wednesday's events", Scalise's wife, Jennifer, said in a statement Friday. Griner remains hospitalized at MedStar Hospital after getting shot in the ankle, and Sava described her in good condition.

At the hospital, though, he remains sedated and is only at the beginning stages of what will be a long recovery.

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