The vice president also sought prayers for Rep. Steve Scalise and a Capitol Police officer who was shot Wednesday while defending Scalise and Republican colleagues from a shooter as they practiced for an annual charity baseball game Thursday night.
(Derik Holtmann/Belleville News-Democrat via AP).
Scalise was the most seriously injured of the four people Hodgkinson shot Wednesday morning.
A statement released by the MedStar Washington Hospital Center said Scalise's condition had been upgraded, and that he was now listed as serious, rather than critical. "He underwent another surgery today, but continues to show signs of improvement". "He is more responsive, and is speaking with his loved ones". Scalise is a member of the team and had been fielding balls at second base in preparation for the game when he was shot. He has required surgery several times since the shooting.More news: Cosby alternate juror 'probably' would have voted to convict
Police and Federal Bureau of Investigation officials declined to confirm media accounts that the list of names Hodgkinson carried was a "kill list"; they said the names were listed without any other comment.
Despite the hospital's comment about Scalise's progress, "critical condition" is still defined by the American Hospital Association as a state in which vital signs are unstable and in which "indicators are unfavorable".
Sava declined to put a timeline on when that would happen or when Scalise, 51, would be able to leave the hospital. He was shot only once, but the high-powered-rifle round traveled from his left hip across his pelvis and shattered when it struck bone. The wound sent the Congressman into shock, hospital officials stated.
The gunman, 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois, was shot and killed by responding officers.More news: He speaks! Top White House aide Kushner gives rare remarks
Nonetheless, said Sava, "we fully expect him to be able to walk" and "hopefully run".
The hospital says the Louisiana congressman "will require additional operations, and will be in the hospital for some time".
"I feel a lot more confident and a lot more optimistic than I did two, three days ago", Sava said.More news: Halep roars back against Svitolina to reach semis
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