Gunman went to Republican baseball practice with a list of names

House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise on Capitol Hill in 2015

House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise on Capitol Hill in 2015. Getty Images Drew Angerer

Rep. Steve Scalise's condition is continuing to improve after he was shot Wednesday at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia.

A congressman said Hodgkinson asked him whether it was the Democratic or Republican team practicing before he carried out the shooting. He sustained "a single rifle shot to the left hip" that "travelled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs and causing severe bleeding", the hospital said in a statement.

The hospital said Saturday Scalise is more responsive and speaking with his loved ones.

Scalise, the number three Republican in the House of Representatives, arrived at the hospital in a critical state, facing "an imminent risk of death", according to Sava.

Several other people were also injured in Wednesday's shooting before Scalise's security detail and other police officers gunned down the assailant, who later died. Hodgkinson had lashed out against President Donald Trump and Republicans over social media.

The hospital upgraded the third-ranking Republican leader from critical condition. He added that Scalise would be in the hospital "for some time" and would need "a period of healing and rehabilitation" after being discharged.

The surgeon on Friday said he was "a lot more confident and optimistic" about Scalise's recovery than he was two days ago.

Scalise had been in critical condition and fighting for his life after being shot in the hip by 66-year-old gunman James T. Hodgkinson, an avid Trump opponent.

The statement noted that there would be no further updates on Scalise's condition for the rest of the weekend.

The family of a lobbyist shot multiple times during a Republican baseball practice outside Washington says he has undergone additional surgery and doctors expect a full recovery.

Bailey, in crutches, appeared at Thursday's congressional charity baseball game to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

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