Scalise still critical, but expected to recover: Doctor

Scalise, who remains in critical condition at a Washington hospital, was shot in the hip.

Scalise probably has hundreds of bullet fragments in his body, and doctors don't plan to remove them because usually there is more risk than benefit in doing so, Sava said.

The morning after visiting Scalise in the hospital, Trump said the congressman's challenges are "more difficult" than first thought.

On Thursday, the hospital reiterated that Scalise will need more operations and will be in the hospital "for some time".

The shooting at a baseball field that critically wounded a Republican congressman and injured several others is forcing lawmakers to ask what more should be done to ensure the safety of themselves and their staff.

The shooter was killed by police officers whose work won praise from Trump in his remarks.

Scalise was rushed to a hospital with a gunshot wound to the hip, which doctors said caused severe internal bleeding while damaging bones, organs and blood vessels. Although "infection is a significant risk", the physician said, "an excellent recovery is a good possibility".

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"It's been - he's in some trouble, but he's a great fighter and he's going to be okay, we hope", said President Donald Trump at a Thursday news conference. Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California both spoke on the floor issuing calls for unity. A relative said Friday morning that his condition at George Washington University Hospital had been upgraded from critical to serious.

He also said that Officer Crystal Griner, who was shot in the ankle, is in "good condition".

Hospital officials said it is hard to predict how long the congressman will be in the hospital, but that he is expected to be able to walk and hopefully run after a period of rehabilitation. Scalise was hit as a gunman sprayed bullets into a GOP congressional baseball practice outside Washington D.C. His social media contained anti-Trump and anti-Republican posts.

Despite the shooting, the congressional baseball game went forward Thursday evening at Nationals Park in Washington. He said doctors have turned down Scalise's sedation levels enough that he has been able to respond to visiting family members. The assailant, prepared with "a lot of ammo", fought a gun battle with police before he, too, was shot and later died.

Scalise, a police officer, a congressional aide and a lobbyist were wounded on Wednesday when a man identified as James Hodgkinson, 66, from the St. Louis suburb of Belleville, Illinois, opened fire on the lawmakers as they practiced for an annual charity baseball game between Republicans and Democrats.

"In the grand scheme of things you're only talking about a million or so dollars and you're talking about saving lives", Richmond said. "He clearly knows that they're there and appreciates their presence", Sava said.

Scalise's security detail and other police officers shot and killed the assailant, James Hodgkinson of IL, who had lashed out against President Donald Trump and other Republicans over social media.

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