Rep. Scalise was shot during baseball practice with the GOP team early Wednesday morning after a man approached the field and opened fire.
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.
“He is more responsive, and is speaking with loved ones”, said the tweet sent from Scalise’s account.
The doctors said that while Scalise remains in critical condition, they “are encouraged by improvement in his condition”.
Although Scalise was able to talk on the ballfield, by the time he was transported by helicopter to the hospital, he was in shock.
The person did not disclose the names, but said those listed had been briefed.
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.
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. The team doesn’t plan on removing them all soon: The Congressman has already undergone multiple surgeries in the last 36 hours. Congressional aide Zack Barth, Tysons Food lobbyist Matt Mika and Capitol Police Officer David Bailey were also shot in the attack, but have since been released from the hospital.
Once recovered, Scalise will be able to walk and hopefully run, the doctor said.
Scalise, who has had two surgeries, will need additional operations and will be in the hospital for “a considerable period of time, presumably weeks”, Sava said.
Griner remained in the hospital in good condition after sustaining a gunshot wound to the ankle, according to a Friday update.
Bailey was spotted Friday in the Capitol, on crutches and out of uniform, accepting congratulations from fellow officers.
The shooter, James T. Hodgkinson, was killed by police Wednesday after firing dozens of bullets during the congressional practice session.