Congressman in critical condition after being shot during baseball practice

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House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) has undergone three surgeries following Wednesday's shooting that occurred during practice for a Congressional charity baseball game.

Scalise, the No. 3 Republican in the House of Representatives, was among four people shot as Republican lawmakers practiced for a charity baseball game in Alexandria, Virginia.

Doctors say Rep. Steve Scalise (skuh-LEES') remains in critical condition at a Washington hospital but is improving.

The congresswoman's wife, Jennifer, issued a statement Friday thankful for "the incredible amount of prayers and warm wishes we have received".

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

"We are encouraged by improvement in his condition in the last 36 hours", Jack Sava of MedStar Washington Hospital Center told reporters at a news conference. The shooter died after exchanging gunfire with police.

Sava said Scalise will require surgeries soon for abdominal and bone injuries, in addition to the two he has undergone to fix a bone in his leg broken by the bullet.

"He was as critical as can be when he came in", Sava said, adding that Scalise was at "imminent risk of death".

Members of Congress took the field at Washington's Nationals Park on Thursday night for the game, many wearing hats to honor Scalise.

"Tonight we're all team Scalise", House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said. Capitol Police say she is in good condition and did not sustain any life-threatening injuries.

He was fielding at second base while practising for the event when he was shot in the hip and sustained serious injuries as the bullet travelled through his pelvis and injured internal organs.

Hodgkinson, who had lashed out on social media against Trump and Republicans, was shot and killed by police officers including members of Scalise's security detail who responded.

Trump brought up Scalise - and the recently released captive of North Korea, American student Otto Wambier - during remarks in Miami on changes he planned to make on the United States' Cuba policy.

Also wounded was former congressional aide Matt Mika, who now works for Tyson Foods in its Washington office.

"We have no intention to remove all bullet fragments at this point", he said, noting that is common because finding and removing that many fragments is more risky than leaving them inside the body.

"It's my job to be pessimistic, so if you accuse me of being optimistic, I feel bad about that", Sava said.

The 66-year-old suspect from Belleville, Illinois, was a volunteer for Senator Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign but whether he was politically motivated is still unclear, investigators said.

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