Congressman Steve Scalise has undergone another surgery as he recovered from Wednesday’s shooting in Alexandria, Virginia.
United States representative Steve Scalise, the No. 3 House Republican, has shown improvement in the past 36 hours after being shot by a man who opened fire on Republican lawmakers at a baseball practice earlier in the week, his lead surgeon said on Friday.
Scalise was among four people shot by a lone gunman who opened fire on a group of Republican lawmakers practicing baseball at the Eugene Simpson Stadium Park.
Law enforcement officials identified the shooter as 66-year-old James Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois, who later died from injuries sustained during a shootout with police on the scene.
A statement released by the MedStar Washington Hospital Center said Scalise’s condition had been upgraded, and that he was now listed as serious, rather than critical. The congressman underwent another surgery Saturday, and the hospital says he is more responsive and speaking with family.
“The Scalise family greatly appreciates the outpouring of thoughts and prayers”, the statement concludes.
The bullet entered Scalise’s left hip and tore across his pelvis, cracking bones and injuring organs and blood vessels.
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”.
Scalise, the third ranking member of House Republican leadership, was shot in the hip Wednesday.
He had with him a piece of paper with doodles and the names of three politicians, according to a person familiar with the case.
The surgeon on Friday said he was “a lot more confident and optimistic” about Scalise’s recovery than he was two days ago.
President Donald Trump said Friday that Steve Scalise “took a bullet for all of us”.
Although Scalise was able to talk on the ballfield, by the time he was transported by helicopter to the hospital, he was in shock.
Sava said he told Scalise’s family: “I am not declaring victory until he’s playing ball in his backyard with his family”. The shooter was an IL man, James T. Hodgkinson, who had lashed out against President Trump and Republicans over social media.
“The congressman’s status remains critical”, Jack Sava, director of trauma at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.
Bailey was spotted Friday in the Capitol, on crutches and out of uniform, accepting congratulations from fellow officers.
The president said that because of the “tremendous pain and suffering he’s now enduring. our country will perhaps become closer, more unified”.