Doctors: Scalise remains critical, but 'excellent recovery' possible

President Trump speaks Thursday morning

Scalise was wounded when a gunman opened fire at a Republican baseball practice in Virginia on Wednesday.

A rifle bullet hit his left hip, shattering bones, tearing organs, and leaving him in a critical condition.

US Representative Steve Scalise, the No 3 House Republican, has shown improvement in the past 36 hours after being shot by a man who opened fire on Republican lawmakers at a baseball practice earlier in the week, his lead surgeon said on Friday.

The doctor said U.S. Capitol Police Special Agent Crystal Griner, who was also wounded in the shooting, "sustained a gunshot wound to the ankle, and remains hospitalized in good condition".

More on this as it develops.

Following the surgeries, Scalise will need to undergo rehabilitation for a full recovery.

The game at Nationals Park carried on a century-old bipartisan ritual, this one tinged with worry about Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise and the players' determination to answer the attack by coming together in sport. He said doctors have turned down Mr Scalise's sedation levels enough that he has been able to respond to visiting family members. The FBI continues to process evidence in an effort to assess the potential motivations of the shooter, the agency said in a statement Friday. And leading figures throughout the American political spectrum, from President Donald Trump on down to local leaders, have taken note of the shooting as a cautionary tale for the nation not to let legitimate differences of opinion escalate to violence and bloodshed.

Two sources close to the congressman's family said medical staff removed a tube that had been inserted into Scalise's abdomen to prevent fluid from going into his lungs while being sedated, The Baton Rouge Advocate reported.

"The. ways they could do that is you've ever been treated by a mental physician or in a mental hospital, or you've been convicted of a felony, or have been convicted of domestic battery", said Wagner.

"We've had a very, very divided country for many years", Trump said.

The president made his comments as he spoke in Miami to announce a new policy on Cuba.

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

Lobbyist Matt Mika was shot in the chest at the baseball practice. 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. His social media contained anti-Trump and anti-Republican posts. He's been undergoing repeat surgeries.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said that on Thursday night, everyone will be "Team Scalise".

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.

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