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Rep. Scalise upgraded from "critical" to "serious condition"

19 June 2017

(AP Photo/Alex Brandon). Supporters of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., hold signs before the Congressional baseball game, Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Washington.

Since then, the lawmaker has undergone multiple surgeries and procedures to stop the bleeding and fix bone.

At least eight doctors treated Scalise's injuries. Infection also is a risk, especially if the intestines were perforated.

A list of Republican members of Congress was found in the pocket of James T. Hodgkinson, who was killed Wednesday after allegedly firing on Republican lawmakers practicing for a charity baseball event, sources told ABC News.

He refused to detail Scalise's injuries, but said that he would guess there are "hundreds of fragments" in Scalise and he has "no intention to remove all bullet fragments at this point" due to the high risk of looking for them.

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As for rehabilitation, Sava said he believed Scalise will be "able to walk and hopefully run" in the future.

The surgeon on Friday said he was "a lot more confident and optimistic" about Scalise's recovery than he was two days ago. Scalise will undergo more operations.

US President Donald Trump has called for unity in the wake of the horrific shooting incident in which a top Republican leader was injured, saying that despite differences the devotion to the country brings the people together.

"There's still a lot of things that can happen, there's still a lot of forks in the road that we may not even see yet", Sava said. "So important. So we all owe Steve a big, big thank you".

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Meanwhile, it was revealed Friday that Scalise had been fighting for his life when he arrived at a Washington, DC, hospital.

The message from congressman Steve Scalise of Louisiana on Sunday says: "Steve's greatest joy is being a father to Madison and Harrison, and a husband to Jennifer". The attacker was shot and later died. It is not clear whether the gunman specifically targeted them in the attack.

Hodgkinson contacted both of his state's Democratic senators frequently, always through email links on their websites, spokesmen said Friday. Capitol Police officer David Bailey and Texas Rep.

Officials confirmed the list to the New York Times and also said that Hodgkinson had pictures of the ballpark on his cell phone.

The statement noted that there would be no further updates on Scalise's condition for the rest of the weekend.

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