Doctors: Scalise remains critical, but 'excellent recovery' possible

It added: 'His condition is critical and he will require additional operations'.

The motive for the shooting remained unclear but authorities were zeroing in on the life of James T. Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old man from IL, in the months and weeks before Wednesday morning's shooting.

Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., left, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of N.Y., House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., applaud a message by President Donald Trump on the. "It's my job to be pessimistic, I feel a lot more confident and a lot more optimistic than I did two or three days ago".

"She's in good condition and she's in good spirits", Sava said. "It's a concern I've had for a number of years", he told The Hill following the shooting at a Republican congressional baseball practice that left Scalise in critical condition and injured a further five people.

For the second consecutive day, the Louisiana lawmaker continued to fight for his life and authorities continued to investigate the shooting - and the nation braced for every update. The Louisiana representative was reportedly admitted containing hundreds of bullet fragments.

"This game is always an important moment for both parties to come together to support charity, build friendships, and celebrate our national pastime", he said. Sava says Scalise has responded to family members while he's still under sedation.

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Doctors expect Mr Scalise will eventually be able to walk and return to work at "full capacity".

"Most of us would not even think to consider that a benign wound", Sava said.

House GOP Whip Steve Scalise, who was shot in the hip by a rifle-wielding gunman Wednesday, was at "imminent risk of death" when he first arrived at the D.C. hospital where he remains in critical condition, according to the hospital's head of trauma.

Trump, who visited Scalise at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center on Wednesday evening, expressed optimism that Scalise would eventually recover.

"It's been much more hard than people even thought at the time", Mr Trump said of the treatment of Mr Scalise, the No 3 GOP leader, who is in critical condition and underwent a third surgery at the MedStar Washington Hospital Centre.

At the game Thursday night, U.S. Capitol Police checked bags with dogs in tow, in an atmosphere that attendees said seemed particularly alert.

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