United States lawmaker shot by anti-Trump gunman showing improvement

House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise on Capitol Hill in 2015

House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise on Capitol Hill in 2015

The U.S. congressman who was shot and seriously injured in an attack on Republican lawmakers is showing "signs of improvement", hospital officials said Saturday.

Scalise underwent another surgery on Saturday and "continues to show signs of improvement", MedStar Washington Hospital Center said in a statement.

The 66-year-old of Belleville, Illionis, opened fire early Wednesday morning at an Alexandria, Virginia, baseball field where GOP lawmakers were practicing for an upcoming charity baseball game. Hodgkinson was shot by police and died of his injuries.

Mr Scalise's surgeon said he can hope to make an "excellent recovery", despite being seriously ill when he arrived at hospital after the shooting in Virginia last week.

"Congressman Steve Scalise is in serious condition", said the notice from the whip's office.

In a statement posted to his Twitter account, Mr Scalise was said to be "more responsive, and is speaking with his loved ones".

Scalise was sedated Friday, but the husband and father of two has been able to respond to his doctors and family.

He has had several operations since the shooting.

It is not yet clear if the names on the list were intended targets, the source said.

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.

Scalise suffered a rifle wound in his left hip that shattered bones, tore organs and caused severe bleeding.

The person did not disclose the names, but said those listed had been briefed. Griner remained hospitalized at MedStar Hospital after getting shot in the ankle, and Sava described her in good condition. Predicting the length of that hospital stay will be much easier after a few more days have passed.

Lobbyist Matt Mika was shot in the chest at the baseball practice.