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

Hospital: Scalise still critical, 'has improved in the last 24 hours'
US congressman undergoes another operation after shooting

20 June, 2017

Dr. Jack Sava gave an update on Scalise's condition Friday afternoon and said Scalise was on the brink of death when he got to the hospital by helicopter Wednesday morning.

James T. Hodgkinson, 66, allegedly opened fire on a Congressional baseball team as Republicans were practicing for an annual game to be played at Nationals Park Thursday.

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 list contained the names of Tennessee Rep. Scot Desjarlais, Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, Virginia Rep. Morgan Griffith, Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks, South Carolina Rep. Jeff Duncan, and Arizona Rep. Trent Franks, which was confirmed by Fox News.

During the assault, Scalise was shot by a 7.62 mm rifle bullet in his hip area and received serious injuries, including massive blood loss.

Scalise, who remains in critical condition but has improved, was shot in the left hip and suffered damage to internal organs.

"My dear friend Steve Scalise took a bullet for all of us", Trump said. "We have controlled the internal bleeding, and his vital signs have stabilized".

Mr Scalise's trauma surgeon said on Friday he could hope to make an "excellent recovery", even he arrived at the hospital at imminent risk of death.

"Once we get through a few more days, we might be able to prognosticate a little better", Sava said.

Sue Hodgkinson told reporters outside her IL home Thursday that she was busy with her job and didn't know a lot about what her husband, 66-year-old James Hodgkinson, did between January and March.

Also suffering relatively minor injuries were two Capitol Police officers, David Bailey and Crystal Griner, and House GOP aide Zack Barth.

The hospital released the statement on behalf of Scalise's family.

Doctors "fully expect him to walk", Sava said, "and hopefully run". He says the country is praying for all of the victims who are still recovering. Griner remained hospitalized at MedStar Hospital after getting shot in the ankle, and Sava described her in good condition.

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