US lawmaker shot by anti-Trump gunman showing improvement

Alvin Kelly
June 19, 2017

Senior Congressman Steve Scalise's condition was upgraded to "serious" after he underwent a second surgery on Saturday, after he was injured in a shooting at a Republican congressional baseball practice earlier this week.

The man who shot House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and others at a congressional baseball practice this week had with him a piece of paper with doodles and the names of three lawmakers.

The 51-year-old from the southern state of Louisiana was hit in the left hip by a bullet from a high-velocity rifle.

The hospital also downgraded his condition from critical to serious.

Scalise underwent another surgery on Saturday and "continues to show signs of improvement", MedStar Washington Hospital Center said in a statement. The round fragmented, and caused significant damage to bones, internal organs and blood vessels. His risk of death is "substantially lower" than it was when he was admitted to the hospital on Wednesday, and "I think that an excellent recovery is a good possibility", Sava said. Hodgkinson had posted comments critical of President Donald Trump on his social-media accounts and engaged in a profane tirade about Trump in a chance conversation with an auto mechanic the day before the attack in Alexandria, where Hodgkinson had been living in his van since about March.

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The surgeon on Friday said he was "a lot more confident and optimistic" about Scalise's recovery than he was two days ago. The Scalise family greatly appreciates the outpouring of thoughts and prayers. He will remain in the intensive care unit through at least the weekend, they said.

Ms Griner remains in hospitali at MedStar after being shot in the ankle and Mr Bailey was spotted on Friday in the Capitol, on crutches and out of uniform, accepting congratulations from fellow officers.

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.

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