Doctors expect Scalise to walk again

Alexandria shooting: Victims, gunman, timeline of events

Alexandria shooting: Victims, gunman, timeline of events

House Majority Whip Scalise, 51, was shot in the hip by a rifle-welding critic of the president who sprayed bullets on USA lawmakers practising for an annual baseball game in the Washington suburb of Alexandria. "We have controlled the internal bleeding, and his vital signs have stabilized", Sava said at a press conference.

"I think that his risk of death right now is substantially lower than when you came in", Sava said.

President Donald Trump visited Scalise at the hospital Wednesday night and later said in a speech, "He's a great fighter and he's going to be OK, we hope".

A single rifle wound caused "substantial damage" to Scalise's internal organs and blood loss, his doctor explained Friday. Scalise will undergo more operations.

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".

Once recovered, Scalise will be able to walk and hopefully run, the doctor said.

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The alleged gunman, James Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois, died shortly after the incident following a shoot out with police.

Earlier Friday, Trump said during an event in Miami that Scalise "took a bullet for all of us" in the surprise attack in Alexandria, Virginia.

"I am sickened by this despicable act", Sanders said in a statement condemning all acts of violence. "So we all owe Steve a big, big thank you", Trump added.

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.

"The congressman's status remains critical". The offices of both senators - Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth - turned over the emails to Capitol Police and declined to offer specifics about their content. Hodgkinson also contacted the office of Rep. Mike Bost, R-Ill., at least 10 times over the past year, a Bost spokesman has said, characterizing the emails and phone calls as negative but not threatening.

The FBI said that the shooter's weapons found at the scene - a 9mm handgun and 7.62mm caliber rifle - had been legally purchased. Bailey was spotted Friday in the Capitol, on crutches and out of uniform, accepting congratulations from fellow officers.

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