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Republican baseball practice gunman 'had list of names'

Melinda Barton | 20 June, 2017, 02:39

In his first public comments since the shooting, Dr. Jack Sava of MedStar Washington Hospital Center said it's a "good possibility" that the Louisiana Republican will be able to return to work in his full capacity.

Duncan and Brooks were at the Alexandria, Virginia, field where GOP members of Congress were practicing for a congressional baseball game Wednesday, although Duncan left before the shooting began.

Sava said Friday that there are hundreds of bullet fragments in Scalise's body, but 'we have no intention to try and remove all the bullet fragments at this point'.

The source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Scalise was undergoing another surgical procedure on Thursday.

On Friday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a statement that it continues to process evidence and "to assess the potential motivations of the single shooter".

Auto mechanic Crist Dauberman told The Associated Press on Friday that James Hodgkinson erupted into an angry, profanity-laden tirade.

Fox News reported that it had confirmed the existence of a list found in Hodgkinson's possession, containing names of Republicans.

Investigators are trying to determine what his intent may have been - whether it was a list of potential targets for violence or whether he wrote them down for some other reason, one official said. The congressman will require additional operations, and will be in the hospital for some time.

Nonetheless, said Sava, "we fully expect him to be able to walk" and 'hopefully run'.

Scalise is said to be somewhat responding to medical staff and family, according to the doctors. He added that Scalise would be in the hospital "for some time" and would need "a period of healing and rehabilitation" after being discharged. Hodgkinson was mortally wounded by police.

The doctor said U.S. Capitol Police Special Agent Crystal Griner, who was also wounded in the shooting, "sustained a gunshot wound to the ankle, and remains hospitalized in good condition".

The American Hospital Association defines "critical" condition as: "Vital signs are unstable and not within normal limits". Another Capitol Police officer, David Bailey, who was hit by shrapnel, and a congressional aide, Zach Barth, who was shot, were previously treated and released from a hospital.