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Scalise’s Condition Upgraded to Serious After Shooting

Representative Steve Scalise continued to improve on Saturday, and doctors upgraded his condition from critical to serious, according to a statement released by MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

Doctors operated on Mr. Scalise again on Saturday but said afterward that he was more responsive than he had been on Thursday and Friday and was able to speak to his family.

Mr. Scalise’s Twitter feed also reflected optimism about his condition: “Steve is watching @LSUbaseball, rooting hard for a big Tigers win tonight!”

The hospital said it had been providing regular updates on Mr. Scalise’s condition at the request of the Scalise family, which “greatly appreciates the outpouring of thoughts and prayers.” Hospital officials said there would be no further updates until at least Monday.

Mr. Scalise, 51, from Louisiana who is the No. 3 Republican in the House, was shot and gravely wounded Wednesday by a gunman who opened fire on a congressional softball practice. A rifle bullet entered Mr. Scalise’s left hip, breaking bones and tearing organs and blood vessels as it traveled across his body, according to doctors.

Earlier Saturday, Dr. Jack Sava, the hospital’s director of trauma care, said that “over the last 36 hours, we have been encouraged to see some improvement in his condition.”

“We have controlled the internal bleeding, and his vital signs have stabilized,” he said.

Dr. Sava said Mr. Scalise would “require additional operations to manage abdominal injuries and other broken bones.”

He said that doctors would not be able to predict until sometime next week how long Mr. Scalise would need to be in the hospital and that he would require rehabilitation after he was discharged.

Mr. Scalise was one of four people shot at a baseball field in Alexandria, Va., by James T. Hodgkinson, 66, who had repeatedly railed against Republicans in general and President Trump in particular on his Facebook page. Mr. Hodgkinson was killed in a shootout with the police.

Two of those wounded were Capitol Police officers, including the special agent Crystal Griner, who was shot in the ankle. She remained in the hospital and was in good condition on Saturday, Dr. Sava said.

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