When Scalise arrived in the hospital, he had an “imminent risk of death” and was “as critical as you can be”, doctors also said.
He’s had a second surgery and will be in the hospital a while.
Hodgkinson, from IL, who had lashed out against USA president Donald Trump and other Republicans over social media, was killed by Mr Scalise’s security detail and other police officers. “He is more responsive, and is speaking with his loved ones”.
A list with several names of Congress members written on it was reportedly found with the man suspected of opening fire at a GOP baseball practice on Wednesday, according to several reports.
Fragments from the gunshot wound could pose an issue but doctors said that attempting to remove them would cause greater stress to his recovery. Witnesses at the baseball field said Hodgkinson asked a local resident about the party affiliation of the congressmen; a few moments after he learned they were Republicans, he produced a semiautomatic rifle and began firing volleys of shots. Authorities were investigating Hodgkinson’s social media posts, a cellphone, computer and camera.
The bullet did “substantial damage” to Scalise’s bones, internal organs and blood vessels, Sava revealed.
Sava said that after being released from the hospital, Scalise “will require a period of healing and rehabilitation”. He declined to describe specific internal injuries.
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana was critically wounded in the attack. Leaders decided the game would go on as scheduled at Nationals Park in Washington, home of the city’s Major League Baseball team.
The contest is a summertime tradition in Washington dating to 1909, a time for friendly competition between Republicans and Democrats even in years when fractious political debates are the norm on Capitol Hill.