Steve Scalise conscious, spoke with wife on Saturday, sources say

Steve Scalise conscious, spoke with wife on Saturday, sources say

The game Thursday, a Washington tradition since 1909 in which Republicans and play Democrats, went on Thursday evening at Nationals Stadium, home of the city's major league baseball team.

"We are encouraged by improvement in his condition in the last 36 hours", Jack Sava of MedStar Washington Hospital Center told reporters at a news conference.

Although Scalise was able to talk while lying injured on the ball field, he had gone into shock by the time he was transported by helicopter to the hospital and arrived "in critical condition with an imminent risk of death", Sava said.

Colleagues who visited Scalise, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, sounded generally upbeat, but spoke more in terms of hopes than the confident predictions of the immediate aftermath a day earlier.

The bullet damaged blood vessels, bones, and internal organs, Sava said.

James T. Hodgkinson, 66, allegedly opened fire on a Congressional baseball team as Republicans were practicing for an annual game to be played at Nationals Park Thursday.

"I feel a lot more confident and a lot more optimistic than I did two or three days ago", Sava said.

'Excellent' prognosis for legislator hurt in shooting
This is what he had to say. "It's a pretty good time for all, except for the fact that the Democrats beat us so much", Rep. Scalise has received multiple blood transfusions, which can affect clotting, something doctors will monitor closely.

Scalise has remained under sedation, although doctors have lightened the medication at times so that the congressman can communicate with relatives. Hodgkinson was eventually killed by Capitol police. The other congress members present credit Mr Scalise's security guards - members of the Capitol Police - with saving their lives.

"My dear friend Steve Scalise took a bullet for all of us", Trump said. They also signed oversized cards sending well wishes to those who were injured in the shooting, including Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana.

Hodgkinson had a history of posting angry messages against Trump and other Republicans on social media. It is a rare and genuine opportunity for Democrats and Republicans to put their divisions aside and show those gathered in the stadium and watching across the United States, that they are not just politicians - they are people and players.

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

On Twitter, Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, blamed the shooting on "the leading cultural voices of the Left", but such political rhetoric was mostly drowned out by calls for unity and prayer.

The House majority whip from Louisiana sustained a gunshot wound Wednesday while practicing for the Congressional baseball game. He has undergone additional surgery and doctors expect a full recovery.

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