Rep. Scalise's Condition Improves, Upgraded to 'Serious'

Fernando Stephens
June 19, 2017

Doctors are to provide an update on Representative Steve Scalise.

Scalise, 51, is among four people shot by a gunman at a House Republican baseball practice Wednesday in the Washington suburbs.

The hospital upgraded the third-ranking Republican leader from critical condition.

Scalise was fielding ground balls at second base when he was shot at a practice for the annual Republicans-Democrats baseball game. He was said to have been awake on scene; however, underwent shock during his transportation to the trauma center.

"He is more responsive, and is speaking with his loved ones", MedStar Washington Hospital said in an email Saturday.

"He's having a hard time, far worse than anybody thought", he said, adding that he hoped the country could become more unified in the aftermath of the shooting.

The source said investigators were not sure of the significance of the names and did not know if it was a list of people Hodgkinson was targeting. The official was not authorized to speak publicly about the investigation and did so only on condition of anonymity.

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

The hospital where Rep. Steve Scalise is recuperating from a gunshot wound says he "remains in critical condition, but has improved in the last 24 hours". The bullet that struck Scalise "travelled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs, and causing severe bleeding", his doctors said.

The alleged shooter, identified by police as James Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Illinois, was killed in a shootout with police Wednesday morning after shooting Scalise and three others.

The surgeon said there were hundreds of bullet fragments in Mr Scalise's body, but "we have no intention to try and remove all the bullet fragments at this point".

Scalise is expected to fully recover and be able to walk.

Scalise will be in the hospital "for some time" and will need "a period of healing and rehabilitation" after being discharged.

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