Scalise still in critical condition but improved after second surgery

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Rep. Steve Scalise, the congressman wounded this week by a left-wing zealot gunman, is now in serious condition and is showing signs of improvement, doctors said in an update Saturday afternoon released by the congressman's office.

"When he arrived he was in critical condition with an imminent risk of death", Sava said, adding that the Louisiana lawmaker is expected to be in the hospital for weeks.

Scalise, 51, is among four people shot by a gunman at a House Republican baseball practice Wednesday in the Washington suburbs. Hodgkinson of IL, died after being shot by Capitol Police officers.

A source said investigators are not sure of the significance of the names and it is not clear whether this was a list of people the attacker was targeting.

Although Scalise was able to talk on the ballfield, by the time he was transported by helicopter to the hospital, he was in shock. After Scalise was shot in the hip, the bullet traveled through his pelvis, fractured bones and injured internal organs.

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He had been listed as still in critical condition Friday, so the serious condition is an upgrade. "I feel a lot more optimistic than I did two, three days ago".

Because the bullet shattered, there may be hundreds of fragments in Mr Scalise's body and doctors do not intend to try to remove them all, Dr Sava said.

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

Sava said that after being released from the hospital, Scalise "will require a period of healing and rehabilitation".

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

Lobbyist Matt Mika was shot multiple times and critically injured.

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