Steve Scalise conscious, spoke with wife on Saturday, sources say

Condition of Congressman shot in Virginia raised to 'serious' from 'critical'

Rep. Scalise's Condition Improves, Upgraded to 'Serious'

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise took a bullet to the hip and remains in serious condition at a D.C. -area hospital after undergoing three surgeries last week.

Another victim of the shooting, Matt Mika, has undergone an additional surgery and shown "positive results", according to a statement released by his family. He has become more responsive and was able to speak with loved ones.

The Republicans had been holding early morning practices for weeks at the Alexandria, Va., field for the annual baseball game on Thursday against Democratic lawmakers. The person did not disclose the names, but said those listed had been briefed.

Scalise had been awake immediately after the shooting, Sava said, but had gone into shock by the time he arrived at the hospital. "Thank you for the continued prayers, support and outpouring of love", his family wrote in a tweet, with pictures of the congressman and his children attached.

The American Hospital Association defines "critical" condition as: "Vital signs are unstable and not within normal limits".

Dr Jack Sava described how a bullet from an assault rifle entered Mr Scalise's hip and went through his pelvis, shattering blood vessels, bones and internal organs.

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The gunman, identified by law enforcement officials as 66-year-old James Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois, later died from injuries sustained during a shootout with police on the scene.

"I am absolutely convinced that the overwhelming - not overwhelming, virtually all - people associated with our political movement understand you have the right to stand up, debate, you have the right to protest, but violence is not acceptable", he said.

Democrat Cedric Richmond, a fellow Louisiana congressman, said as many others did that Scalise is a fighter.

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". Hodgkinson was killed by capitol police.

Two Capitol police officers, David Bailey and Crystal Griner, as well as House Republican aide Zack Barth were injured, but have been released from hospital.

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