Top Republican politician Steve Scalise’s condition has been upgraded from critical to serious after he was gunned down at a party baseball practice outside Washington. “The Scalise family greatly appreciates the outpouring of thoughts and prayers”, MedStar said.
Scalise underwent a third surgery Thursday and was still in critical condition in the morning at a local Washington, D.C., hospital.
Medical staff also have removed a tube that had been inserted into Scalise’s abdomen to prevent fluid from going into his lungs while he was sedated, said the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to comment on the congressman’s medical status.
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.
Scalise, facing “an imminent risk of death”, was rushed to the hospital in a helicopter.
MedStar Washington Hospital Center Director of Trauma Dr. Jack Sava leaves a news conference in Washington, Friday, June 16, 2017, about the condition of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La. who was shot in Alexandria, . Sava says Scalise has responded to family members while he’s still under sedation.
The bullet entered Scalise’s left hip and tore across his pelvis, cracking bones and injuring organs and blood vessels. “After discharge he will need a period of healing and rehabilitation”.
Sava said Friday that there are hundreds of bullet fragments in Scalise’s body, but “we have no intention to try and remove all the bullet fragments at this point”.
According to the spokesperson, Scalise underwent another surgery on Saturday.
Hodgkinson 66, who was from the St. Louis suburb of Belleville, Illinois, died after being shot by police.
Also suffering relatively minor injuries were two Capitol Police officers, David Bailey and Crystal Griner, and House GOP aide Zack Barth. His family said in a statement he was showing “positive results” and was expected to make a full recovery.
On Thursday night Scalise was honored at the annual congressional baseball game at Nationals Stadium, where a record crowd showed up. Lobbyist Matt Mika was shot multiple times and critically injured and remained hospitalized.