Scalise on the mend, now in 'serious' condition

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Senior US Republican congressman Steve Scalise is showing sign of improvement and is speaking with loved ones after being shot at a baseball game near Washington, DC last week.

Rep. Steve Scalise's condition was upgraded to serious from critical Saturday, according to a statement from MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

Hospital officials previously said Scalise would need multiple operations and weeks to recover after a bullet tore through his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs and causing severe bleeding. His trauma surgeon said Friday he can hope to make an "excellent recovery", even though the lawmaker arrived at the hospital Wednesday at imminent risk of death.

Scalise "continues to show signs of improvement", the hospital said Saturday.

Scalise was wounded when a gunman opened fire at a GOP lawmaker baseball practice Wednesday morning.

"On behalf of Steve and our children, I want to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for the incredible amount of prayers and warm wishes we have received since Wednesday's events", Scalise's wife, Jennifer, said in a statement Friday.

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Hodgkinson 66, who was from the St. Louis suburb of Belleville, Illinois, died after being shot by police.

Sava said that after being released from the hospital, Scalise "will require a period of healing and rehabilitation".

'I feel a lot more confident and a lot more optimistic than I did two, three days ago, ' Sava said. Six people were injured during the attack, including two congressmen, a congressional aide, a lobbyist and two police officers.

The Capitol Police was only present because Scalise holds the leadership position of the House Majority Whip and is assigned a security detail.

Hodgkinson - an IL home inspector who had been living out of his van near the park - had a social media page filled with criticism of Republicans and the Trump administration.

Mika, a MI native, was one of five people shot when a gunman opened fire Wednesday as the Republican team practiced in Alexandria, Virginia.

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