Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

Scalise Is Still In Critical Condition, But Doctors Are Optimistic

Owen Mccarthy | 18 June, 2017, 02:09

"An excellent recovery is a good possibility".

"I would say that when he arrived he was in critical condition with an imminent risk of death", Dr Jack Sava told reporters. "His risk of death right now is substantially lower than when he came in". But he will remain in the hospital for "a considerable period of time" and faces additional operations.

Because the bullet shattered, there may be hundreds of fragments in Scalise's body and doctors do not intend to try to remove them all, Sava said. He received multiple units of blood, said Sava, who declined to describe the exact nature of Scalise's internal injuries.

Once he has recovered, Sava said, Scalise will require rehabilitation. He said doctors have turned down Mr Scalise's sedation levels enough that he has been able to respond to visiting family members.

Hodgkinson opened fire on dozens of Republican congressmen and staffers at a baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday. In that bad crime, the country also witnessed the incredible heroism of the Capitol Police, he said, adding that Special Agent Crystal Griner - who he also met during his visit to the hospital - raced into gunfire, along with Special Agent David Bailey.

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The Daily Caller first reported that James T. Hodgkinson had a list of Republican names in his pocket that was recovered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Mo Brooks of Alabama, Jeff Duncan of SC and Trent Franks of Arizona, The Daily Caller reported.

"Fox News understands that the Capitol Hill police have reached out independently to all of the offices on the list", Herridge said.

They also released photos of guns similar to the 9mm handgun and 7.62-caliber rifle used in the attack, which officials have said were purchased legally. The FBI continues to process evidence in an effort to assess the potential motivations of the shooter, the agency said in a statement Friday.

Hodgkinson, who posted a slew of anti-Republican and anti-Trump posts on social media over the years, opened fire at the baseball practice in Alexandra, Va., injuring House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and three others.

Members of Congress took the field at Washington's Nationals Park on Thursday night for the charity baseball game, many wearing hats to honour Mr Scalise, who has represented Louisiana in the House since 2008.

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