The condition of US Congressman Steve Scalise (R-La.), who was shot in an attack on Republican lawmakers at a baseball practice in Washington last week, has been upgraded from “critical” to ‘serious, ‘ a spokesman announced Saturday.
“The Scalise family greatly appreciates the outpouring of thoughts and prayers”, the statement concludes.
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was wounded along with four others.
Matt Mika, a lobbyist who was shot in the chest, also underwent additional surgery and is expected to make a full recovery, his family said in a statement Saturday. Investigators are trying to determine what his intent may have been – whether it was a list of potential targets for violence or whether he wrote them down for some other reason, one official said.
Scalise, the No. 3 House Republican, arrived at the hospital via helicopter in shock, with intense internal bleeding, Sava said. His physicians have indicated extensive hospital treatment will be necessary, followed by a period of rehabilitation.
Officials said Hodgkinson was carrying notes on which he had written the names of some Republican lawmakers.
The doctor said U.S. Capitol Police Special Agent Crystal Griner, who was also wounded in the shooting, “sustained a gunshot wound to the ankle, and remains hospitalized in good condition”.
The Capitol Police was only present because Scalise holds the leadership position of the House Majority Whip and is assigned a security detail. The annual GOP-Democrats baseball game raises money for charity.
Hodgkinson posted content favorable to Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on his social media accounts and signed a Change.org petition for the removal of Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.
Police secure the site of a morning shooting at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park June 14, 2017 in Alexandria, Virginia. Hodgkinson has been identified as the suspect in the Wednesday, June.