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Doctors to Give Update on Condition of Congressman Shot at Baseball Practice

17 June 2017

"We have controlled his internal bleeding and his vital signs have stabilized", he added.

Scalise has remained under sedation, although doctors have lightened the medication at times so that the congressman can communicate with relatives.

His family said they appreciate the support they've received from lawmakers and the president, and are thankful for the bravery of the special agents.

The surgeon on Friday said he was "a lot more confident and optimistic" about Scalise's recovery than he was two days ago. "He remains in critical condition, but has improved in the last 24 hours", Medstar said.

Schumer said Wednesday's shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., and four others at a baseball field in the Washington suburb of Alexandria, Va., was "a senseless act of violence" that has left members of Congress shaken.

"We have no intention to remove all bullet fragments at this point", he said, noting that is common because finding and removing that many fragments is more risky than leaving them inside the body.

Lobbyist Matt Mika was shot multiple times and remains hospitalized. "Steve, in his own way, may have brought some unity to our long-divided country", he said. But at a news conference, Pelosi bristled at comments made by a few Republicans and conservative activists in the aftermath of the shooting who blamed heated Democratic rhetoric for the incident.

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The shot fired at Scalise left perhaps hundreds of bullet fragments internally, many of which may never be removed because surgery might be more risky than leaving them in place, Sava said.

Two Capitol Police officers sustained relatively minor injuries, as did a congressional aide, and they have been released from hospitals. His social media page was riddled with Trump-hating posts showing he was duped by the Democrat- and media-fueled conspiracy theory that President Donald J. Trump "colluded" with Russian officials to influence the 2016 presidential election.

He died after officers in Mr Scalise's security detail fired back at him.

Scalise underwent a third procedure and second surgery for his gunshot wound Thursday. "Most importantly, we are forever grateful for the heroism of [Capitol police agents] Crystal Griner and David Bailey who saved everyone's lives at the baseball field that morning, including Steve's".

Democrat Cedric Richmond, a fellow Louisiana congressman, said with many others that Mr Scalise is a fighter.

"I hope he's in good enough shape to watch, because he'll certainly feel good about what he sees", Flake said.

The charities benefiting from the game are the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington, Washington Literacy Center, the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation and, after Wednesday's shooting, the Capitol Police Memorial Fund, the AP said.

Doctors to Give Update on Condition of Congressman Shot at Baseball Practice