Congressman, others wounded in shooting in Va.

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The man who opened fire on Republican lawmakers in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday was carrying a handwritten list of House Republicans' names, NBC News' Pete Williams reports.

The shooter who opened fire on Republican congressmen at baseball field in Virginia had blasted GOP lawmakers and supported taxing the rich for years, according to a review of more than two dozen letters he wrote to his local hometown newspaper.

Scalise's trauma surgeon on Friday said he could hope to make an "excellent recovery", even though the US House Majority Whip arrived at the hospital on Wednesday at imminent risk of death.

Five people were injured, including Congressman Steve Scalise from Louisiana, who remains in critical condition at MedStar hospital.

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

"He will certainly be in the hospital for a considerable period of time, presumably weeks", Sava said.

Officials also said he had a history of run-ins with the law, including arrests for battery and drunken driving.


Sava said Scalise would need to undergo an additional operation within the next 48 hours and more beyond that.

Jack McClenahan said Hodgkinson was often seen protesting in front of the Belleville post office, voicing his political frustrations for President Donald Trump and the Republican Party. The FBI phoned the congressmen to let them know that their names were on an assassination list found on the shooter. Duncan had told Hodgkinson that Republicans were playing before leaving. As I walk across the parking lot to the vehicle, a gentleman approaches me and says, 'Can you tell me, the team today, is that Democrats or Republicans?' I told him it was the Republicans and he said, 'OK, thanks, ' and turned around. But he stopped short of providing specifics of Scalise's internal injuries. Hard to imagine what else it could be, but the 66-year-old gunman was shot and killed by DC police, so he is not available to shed light on the list for us.

Medstar Washington Hospital Center released the update on behalf of the Scalise family.

Also wounded were a current congressional staffer, one former staffer and two Capitol Hill police officers.

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

Lobbyist Matt Mika was shot multiple times and critically injured and remained hospitalized.

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