Hospital Upgrades Scalise Condition To 'Serious,' Says He Is 'More Responsive'

Posted June 20, 2017

U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) was among five wounded, including the suspected gunman, in the attack as Republican Congressional members practiced for a charity baseball game.

The shooting, which injured Majority Whip Steve Scalise, took place after Hodgkinson asked Florida Rep. Ron Desantis, "Are those Republicans or Democrats out there practicing?" "Thank you for the continued prayers, support and outpouring of love", his family wrote in a tweet, with pictures of the congressman and his children attached.

Scalise "continues to show signs of improvement", MedStar Washington Hospital Center said in a statement released on behalf of his family Saturday.

"He is more responsive, and is speaking with his loved ones", MedStar Washington Hospital said in an email Saturday. Doctors upgraded his condition from critical to serious on June 17, according to a statement from the hospital. Patient may be unconscious. Patient is acutely ill.

Dr Jack Sava described how a bullet from an assault rifle entered Mr Scalise's hip and went through his pelvis, shattering blood vessels, bones and internal organs. Predicting the length of that hospital stay will be much easier after a few more days have passed.

Two Capitol Police officers, David Bailey and Crystal Griner, and House Republican aide Zack Barth, were also injured in the shooting. He added that Scalise would be in the hospital "for some time" and would need "a period of healing and rehabilitation" after being discharged. His family said in a statement he was showing "positive results" and was expected to make a full recovery.

Hodgkinson, who was said to have been motivated by grievances against President Donald Trump and other Republican politicians, was carrying a list with the names of at least three lawmakers, the New York Times reported Saturday, citing law enforcement officials.

Scalise's security detail and other police officers shot and killed the assailant, James Hodgkinson of IL, who had lashed out against President Donald Trump and other Republicans over social media.