Scalise undergoes surgery Saturday, shows 'signs of improvement'

House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise on Capitol Hill in 2015

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise listens during an interview in NY on October 8, 2014.

The Republican congressmen were practicing for the Congressional Baseball Game when a lone gunman opened fire, hitting Rep. Scalise, R-La., in the hip and wounding three others. Hodgkinson died after being wounded by return fire. Reps. Mo Brooks of Alabama, Jeff Duncan of SC and Trent Franks of Arizona were on the list, according to the Times and the Daily Caller.

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The hospital said Scalise underwent another surgery Saturday to treat the gunshot wound.

Scalise "continues to show signs of improvement", the hospital said Saturday.

The hospital says the Louisiana congressman "will require additional operations, and will be in the hospital for some time".

"I feel a lot more optimistic than I did two or three days ago".

President Donald Trump is calling for unity in a video message to the Congressional Baseball game, telling the Republican and Democratic competitors "we are here to serve this nation we love and the people who call it home".

"Both were purchased by the shooter from federal firearms licensees", the Capitol Police said in a statement. The person familiar with the discovery did not disclose the names but said that those listed had been briefed. Hodgkinson's wife emotionally told reporters Thursday, "I can't believe he did this", saying there were no signs. "He said, 'O.K., thanks, ' turned around".

Two Capitol police officers, David Bailey and Crystal Griner, as well as House Republican aide Zack Barth were injured, but have been released from hospital.

Scalise was the first sitting member of Congress to be shot since Democrat Gabby Giffords was wounded in January, 2011 as she held a constituent meet-and-greet in her Arizona district.

Lobbyist Matt Mika was shot multiple times and critically injured.

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