US Representative Scalise's condition upgraded to 'serious' after shooting

US Congressman Steve Scalise in critical condition after third surgery

Rep. Scalise remains in critical condition after surgery

Top Republican politician Steve Scalise's condition has been upgraded from critical to serious after he was gunned down at a party baseball practice outside Washington.

The House majority whip remains in serious condition at Medstar Washington Hospital Center. Hodgkinson of IL, died after being shot by Capitol Police officers.

The GOP house majority whip is recovering at the Medstar Washington Hospital Centre after being shot in the left hip.

MedStar said in a statement Friday that Scalise was in critical condition but had showed signs of improvement.

Scalise, 51, had another surgery on Saturday and "he is more responsive and is speaking with his loved ones", a statement posted to his Twitter account said.

He had with him a piece of paper with doodles and the names of three politicians, according to a person familiar with the case. Hodgkinson sprayed rifle fire at Republican congressmen on Wednesday as they practiced for a charity baseball game.

A source told the Associated Press on Saturday that investigators aren't sure of the significance of the names and don't know if it was a list of people he was targeting.

Doctors say Scalise will be in the hospital for a "considerable period of time".

Trump added that Scalise is "having a hard time, far worse than anybody thought" following the shooting Wednesday.

Scalise was shot in the hip, and the bullet damaged bone, blood vessels and internal organs.

"I feel a lot more confident and a lot more optimistic than I did two or three days ago", Sava said. Mika, a lobbyist for Tyson Foods and former congressional aide, is expected to remain in intensive care at George Washington University Hospital through the weekend.

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