Gunman who shot US Congressman had a hit list

Angie Massey
June 19, 2017

United States congressman and senior Republican Steve Scalise has been upgraded from "critical" to "serious condition" and continues to show signs of improvement after being shot while he practised for a charity baseball game. Dr. Jack Sava, the director of trauma at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, updated his status on Friday afternoon, touting Scalise's improved outlook days after his arrival and 'imminent risk of death'.

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.

News that the gunman had a list of names on him at the time of the shooting suggests that it wasn't a random incident but instead was a premeditated attempt to kill the politicians.

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

Scalise, 51, and three others were wounded when a man identified as James Hodgkinson, 66, from the St. Louis suburb of Belleville, Illinois, opened fire on the lawmakers. The Trumps talked to doctors and sat at Scalise's bedside to visit with his family, including his wife Jennifer, the White House said. Also hurt but released from hospitals were two Capitol Police officers, David Bailey and Crystal Griner, and House GOP aide Zack Barth. Hodgkinson had lashed out against President Donald Trump and Republicans over social media.

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Lobbyist Matt Mika was shot multiple times and critically injured.

Mr Scalise's surgeon said he can hope to make an "excellent recovery", despite being seriously ill when he arrived at hospital after the shooting in Virginia last week.

The source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Scalise remained in critical condition on Thursday after the latest surgery. Two police officers were injured.

Mr Mika's family said he was still in intensive care but was able to communicate through notes - and had signed the game ball from Friday's congressional baseball game.

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