Scalise Expected To Make 'Excellent Recovery' Despite Risk

Mike Pence checks on Steve Scalise in DC hospital after Virginia shooting

Mike Pence checks on Steve Scalise in DC hospital after Virginia shooting

The bullet damaged blood vessels, bones, and internal organs, Sava said.

Jennifer Scalise also is thanking the first responders who rushed to her husband's aid Wednesday and the staff at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, where her husband remains in critical condition.

Scalise, the third-ranking GOP leader in the House, "continues to show signs of improvement", said the statement from MedStar Washington Hospital Center, which it released on behalf of Scalise's family.

Doctors say House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (skuh-LEES') has a good possibility of recovery after he was at "imminent risk of death" from a gunshot wound to the hip two days ago.

On Wednesday morning, 66-year-old James Hodgkinson opened fire on participants of the Republican baseball practice, injuring US Scalise and four other individuals.

Nonetheless, said Sava, "we fully expect him to be able to walk" and 'hopefully run'.

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The lawmakers took the field with many wearing hats to honor Scalise.

Sava said Friday that there are hundreds of bullet fragments in Scalise's body, but "we have no intention to try and remove all the bullet fragments at this point".

Hospital officials said it is hard to predict how long the congressman will be in the hospital, but that he is expected to be able to walk and hopefully run after a period of rehabilitation.

Vice President Mike Pence earlier on Thursday said he visited the hospital where Scalise was being treated.

The FBI and the Alexandria Police Department said in a joint statement Thursday that federal authorities had examined the rifle and handgun recovered from the scene and determined that Hodgkinson had bought them from licensed sellers.

Mika will remain in the intensive care unit through at least the weekend, the family said.

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

Two Capitol Police officers, David Bailey and Crystal Griner, and House Republican aide Zack Barth, were also injured in the shooting.

Scalise remains in critical condition at a hospital near the Capitol and has undergone multiple surgeries.

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Mr Scalise was among five people wounded in the shooting. They say he is able to communicate through notes, and signed the game ball from Friday's congressional baseball game.

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