Doctors Upgrade Rep. Scalise's Condition To 'Serious'


Rep. Steve Scalise's condition is continuing to improve after he was shot Wednesday at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia. "He underwent another surgery today, but continues to show signs of improvement", the hospital said in a statement released Saturday.

Colleagues who visited Scalise, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, sounded generally upbeat, but spoke more in terms of hopes than the confident predictions of the immediate aftermath a day earlier.

Scalise had been awake immediately after the shooting, Sava said, but had gone into shock by the time he arrived at the hospital.

A former congressman who formerly held the seat now held by Scalise says his condition is serious. The gunman, James T. Hodgkinson, was fatally shot by police. He added that Scalise would be in the hospital "for some time" and would need "a period of healing and rehabilitation" after being discharged.

Sue Hodgkinson said she felt "horrible", saying, "I had no idea this was going to happen and I don't know what to say about it".

Scalise's Chief of Staff shared a message from the congressman's family at a Friday press conference.

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A bullet from an assault rifle struck Scalise in the hip and traveled across his pelvis, shattering blood vessels, internal organs and bones, leaving behind hundreds of fragments, said Dr. Jack Sava of MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

Hodgkinson 66, who was from the St. Louis suburb of Belleville, Illinois, died after being shot by police.

Capitol Police Officer Crystal Griner is still at MedStar Washington Hospital and is listed in good condition.

A man opened fire on a Congressional baseball team as they were practicing for an annual game to be played at Nationals Park Thursday. More than $1 million has been raised for Congressional Sports for Charity so far, the game's organizers announced.

All three Congressmen on the shooter's hit list belong to the House Freedom Caucus, which is comprised of the House of Representative's most conservative members.