Congressman Scalise, shot Wednesday, is improving, doctors report

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U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise underwent an additional surgery on Saturday and his condition was upgraded to "serious", three days after he was shot in the hip when a gunman opened fire at a Republican congressional baseball practice, hospital officials said. The congressman underwent another surgery today, and the hospital said he was more responsive and speaking with family.

The shooter responsible for opening fire on the baseball field on Wednesday was identified by police as James Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Illinois.

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 AP said many of those who played wore LSU hats to honor Scalise, who graduated from the university.

Scalise, 51, who represents a district in Louisiana and is the House majority whip, had previously been listed in critical condition. Dr. Jack Sava of MedStar Washington Hospital Center said it's a "good possibility" that the Louisiana Republican will be able to return to work in his full capacity.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) leaves during the House vote on continuing a resolution on a budget on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., April 28, 2017.

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Despite the shooting, the congressional baseball game went forward Thursday evening at Nationals Park in Washington. Aging former 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. Hodgkinson died after being shot by police. Sava says Scalise has responded to family members while he's still under sedation.

The doctors said that while Scalise remains in critical condition, they "are encouraged by improvement in his condition".

A huge ovation came from the crowd, which swelled to a record 24,959, when Special Agent David Bailey, one of the Capitol Police officers injured in the attack on Republicans at their practice in Virginia on Wednesday, threw out the first pitch.

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. His social media contained anti-Trump and anti-Republican posts.

Ms Griner remains in hospitali at MedStar after being shot in the ankle and Mr B ailey was spotted on Friday in the Capitol, on crutches and out of uniform, accepting congratulations from fellow officers.

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