Scalise Shooter Had List of at Least 6 GOP Lawmakers' Names

"The congressman's status remains critical", Dr Jack Sava, the director of trauma at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center, told reporters.

Although Scalise was able to talk on the ballfield, by the time he was transported by helicopter to the hospital, he was in shock.

Mr Scalise's surgeon said he can hope to make an "excellent recovery", despite being seriously ill when he arrived at hospital after the shooting in Virginia last week. Sava later told The Associated Press that Scalise's care is on track for someone with such a severe injury but that he still faces many risks to recovery.

Scalise received numerous blood transfusions as surgeons worked to fix his torn blood vessels and other wounds, Sava said, adding: "We are encouraged by improvement in his condition over the last 36 hours".

"We fully expect him to be able to walk. hopefully, run".

Mr Scalise was shot in the hip when a lone gunman descended on the baseball practice in a Washington, DC suburb on Wednesday.

Police said it was unclear whether James Hodgkinson planned to target the lawmakers on his list, which included Reps. "We salute them, and we also salute members of Alexandria Police, Fire and Rescue", Trump said.

"I was surprised by some of the reports also", Sava said.

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Sava said doctors will not attempt to remove what are likely to be hundreds of bullet fragments from Scalise's body, saying the risk of such a procedure typically outweighs the potential benefits.

Because of Scalise, Trump said, "and the tremendous pain and suffering he's now enduring - and he's having a hard time, far worse than anybody thought - our country will perhaps become closer, more unified".

"So we all owe Steve a big, big thank you", the president said.

The FBI said that the shooter's weapons found at the scene - a 9mm handgun and 7.62mm caliber rifle - had been legally purchased.

The offices of both senators - Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth - turned over the emails to Capitol Police and declined to divulge specifics about their content.

"Most importantly, we are forever grateful for the heroism os Special Agents Crystal Griner and David Bailey, who saved the lives of everyone at the baseball field that morning, including Steve", Jennifer Scalise wrote.

The president spoke about the 51-year-old from Louisiana again Friday during a speech in Miami.

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