Rep. Scalise's Condition Improves, Upgraded to 'Serious'

U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) was among five wounded, including the suspected gunman, in the attack as Republican Congressional members practiced for a charity baseball game.

On Friday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a statement that it continues to process evidence and "to assess the potential motivations of the single shooter". However, Sava said that the doctors "are encouraged by improvement in his condition" and "an excellent recovery is a good possibility".

"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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"He clearly knows they're there and appreciates their presence", Sava said.

Dr Jack Sava described how a bullet from an assault rifle entered Mr Scalise's hip and went through his pelvis, shattering blood vessels, bones and internal organs.

In a statement Saturday, Matt Mika's family says he will remain in the intensive care unit at George Washington University Hospital at least through the weekend.

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Another Capitol Police officer, David Bailey, who was hit by shrapnel, and a congressional aide, Zach Barth, who was shot, were previously treated and released from a hospital. He added that Scalise would be in the hospital "for some time" and would need "a period of healing and rehabilitation" after being discharged. Scalise has undergone number surgeries so far, and his recovery is expected to be lengthy. Capitol Police said they had "no evidence to suggest that the purchases were not lawful".

Investigators say they have yet to find anything indicating Hodgkinson had an attack plan in mind, adding he told his wife earlier this week he was heading back to IL and he canceled his membership in the YMCA the day before the shooting and talked to a local garage about getting his van ready. He died after officers in Scalise's security detail and local police fired at him.

Colleagues who visited Scalise, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, sounded generally upbeat, but spoke more in terms of hopes than the confident predictions of the immediate aftermath a day earlier.

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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".

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