Congressman Scalise upgraded to serious condition, speaks with family

Medstar Washington Hospital Center released the update on behalf of the Scalise family.

The gunman, James Hodgkinson from the St Louis suburb of Belleville, Illinois, was shot dead by officers in Mr Scalise’s security detail.

Scalise had been awake immediately after the shooting, Sava said, but had gone into shock by the time he arrived at the hospital.

The president said that because of the “tremendous pain and suffering he’s now enduring. our country will perhaps become closer, more unified”. Hodgkinson sprayed rifle fire at Republican congressmen on Wednesday as they practiced for a charity baseball game.

The source said investigators were not sure of the significance of the names and did not know if it was a list of people Hodgkinson was targeting.

He has had several operations since the shooting. Doctors said Friday the bullet entered at his hip and traveled across his body, causing severe damage to internal organs. He added that Scalise would be in the hospital “for some time” and would need “a period of healing and rehabilitation” after being discharged.

“I feel a lot more confident and a lot more optimistic than I did two or three days ago”.

Scalise and lobbyist Matt Mika remained in critical condition Friday. Jeff Flake of Arizona captured the mood at Nationals Park on Thursday night: “As far as winning and losing, I think that’s far from anybody’s mind right now”.

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”.

Two Capitol police officers, David Bailey and Crystal Griner, as well as House Republican aide Zack Barth were injured, but have been released from hospital.