Would-be gunman launched into Trump tirade before shooting

Wade Massey
June 20, 2017

The House of Representatives majority whip underwent another operation on Saturday, and the hospital said he was more responsive and speaking with his family. He has been sedated, but has been brought out of sedation periodically and been able to recognise and communicate with his family, Sava said.

Top US Republican lawmaker Steve Scalise remains hospitalised in critical condition after being shot this week but he has improved, his surgeon said Friday as he expressed optimism about the legislator's prospects for recovery.

"He underwent another surgery today, but continues to show signs of improvement", it said.

Officials also said Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Illinois, had pictures of the ballpark on his cellphone, and had been spending time at a YMCA center beside the ballpark for several weeks - using his laptop in the lobby for hours, the Times reported.

The man who shot senior Republican congressman Steve Scalise and others at a congressional baseball practice session this week had a list containing the names of three politicians, officials said.

Doctors "fully expect him to walk", Sava said, "and hopefully run".

"His risk of death right now is substantially lower than when he came in".

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

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Sava said he told Scalise's family that "I am not declaring victory until he's playing ball in his backyard with his family".

Scalise, the House majority whip, was one of five people shot when a gunman opened fire on Wednesday as the Republican team practised in Alexandria, Virginia.

Scalise's Chief of Staff shared a message from the congressman's family at a Friday press conference.

Hodgkinson was shot by Capitol Police on the scene after allegedly opening fire and wounded Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., and three others.

Congressional aide Zach Barth was the fourth person hit and is also expected to make a full recovery, NPR's Vanessa Romo reports. He remains in critical condition.

Bailey was spotted on Friday in the Capitol, on crutches and out of uniform, accepting congratulations from fellow officers.

President Donald Trump called Griner and another officer who responded to the shooting, officer David Bailey, heroes.

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