Scalise upgraded to 'serious' condition, able to speak to family

Scalise upgraded to 'serious' condition, able to speak to family

Lobbyist Matt Mika, who was shot several times and critically wounded, has undergone additional surgery and doctors expect a full recovery, his family said.

Doctors said he was near death upon arrival at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Richmond, who plays for the Democratic team, said he had visited the hospital multiple times.

A single rifle wound caused "substantial damage" to Scalise's internal organs and blood loss, his doctor explained Friday.

Louisiana congressman Steve Scalise has been upgraded from "critical" to "serious condition". 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.

Sava said the congressman remains sedated but was able to "respond to family members" and physicians.

Representative Joe Barton of Texas accepted the trophy on Scalise's behalf. Infection also is a risk, especially if the intestines were perforated.

Scalise and four others were injured Wednesday when a gunman opened fire on them at a baseball field in Alexandria, Va. Once it has lodged in bone or muscle, "it's not going to do anything".

Then, there are the many fragments left behind.

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

The gunman, identified by authorities as James Hodgkinson, died of wounds he sustained during a shootout with police.

"By playing tonight, you are showing the world that we will not be intimidated by threats, acts of violence, or assaults on our democracy", Trump said. "The Scalise family greatly appreciates the outpouring of thoughts and prayers". Hodgkinson maintained a social media presence that was pro-Bernie Sanders and anti-Republican.

Officials said Hodgkinson was carrying notes on which he had written the names of some Republican lawmakers. He declined to describe specific internal injuries.