Rep. Scalise's condition upgraded to 'serious'

Posted June 20, 2017

"Congressman Steve Scalise is in serious condition", the statement from MedStar Washington Hospital said.

Scalise's condition was upgraded to "serious", from "critical" after undergoing another surgery on Saturday, according to a statement from Dr. Jack Sava, the director of trauma at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

"He is more responsive, and is speaking with his loved ones", the hospital's most recent update read. The doctor described how a bullet from an assault rifle entered Scalise's hip and traversed his pelvis, shattering blood vessels, bones and internal organs along the way.

The gunman, identified by law enforcement officials as 66-year-old James Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois, later died from injuries sustained during a shootout with police on the scene.

The person did not disclose the names, but said those listed had been briefed.

Sava said that after being released from the hospital, Scalise 'will require a period of healing and rehabilitation'.

"I feel a lot more confident and a lot more optimistic than I did two, three days ago", Sava said. "This is the best Father's Day I've ever had, to be able to come back home and see the outpouring of care and support from the people that know me best, including my family", Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), who escaped the rampage unscathed, told "Fox News Sunday".

"I am absolutely convinced that the overwhelming - not overwhelming, virtually all - people associated with our political movement understand you have the right to stand up, debate, you have the right to protest, but violence is not acceptable", he said.

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The president's meaning was not entirely clear, but Trump went on to say that "Because of him and the tremendous pain and suffering he's now enduring - and he's having a hard time, far worse than anybody thought - our country will perhaps become closer, more unified, so important".

A congressman said Hodgkinson asked him whether it was the Democratic or Republican team practicing before he carried out the shooting.

Two Capitol Police officers, David Bailey and Crystal Griner, and House Republican aide Zack Barth, were also injured in the shooting.

Lobbyist Matt Mika, who was shot multiple times and critically wounded, has undergone additional surgery and doctors expect a full recovery, his family said Saturday.