Shot US congressman Scalise improving

Top Republican politician Steve Scalise’s condition has been upgraded from critical to serious after he was gunned down at a party baseball practice outside Washington.

As his colleagues played baseball in his honor Thursday evening, MedStar Washington Hospital Center medical gave an update on Rep. Steve Scalise, who remains in critical condition but has improved.

The shooter, James T. Hodgkinson, was killed by police Wednesday after firing dozens of bullets during the congressional practice session.

Alexandria shooting victim Matt Mika is showing “positive results” after undergoing additional surgery and is expected to make a full recovery, his family said in a statement Saturday. The congressman underwent another surgery Saturday, and the hospital said he was more responsive and speaking with family. He was shot in the hip with a rifle round, and suffered internal bleeding and damage to internal organs. “He continues to communicate with us through notes, and even signed the game ball for the Congressional Baseball Game”, the family said in an emailed statement.

Scalise will need more operations for his injuries, but doctors can’t yet predict how many are necessary.

The surgeon said there were hundreds of bullet fragments in Mr Scalise’s body, but “we have no intention to try and remove all the bullet fragments at this point”.

President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, visited with Scalise late Wednesday.

“I feel a lot more optimistic than I do two or three days ago”, Sava said. His risk of death is “substantially lower” than it was when he was admitted to the hospital on Wednesday, and “I think that an excellent recovery is a good possibility”, Sava said.

Also wounded were Barth’s boss, U.S. Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas), who twisted an ankle during the shooting, and Capitol Police Officer David Bailey, who sustained a minor injury.

The doctor said Scalise has been sedated although the dosage has been turned down to allow him to respond to family members.

Bailey was spotted Friday in the Capitol, on crutches and out of uniform, accepting congratulations from fellow officers.