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Congressman Scalise on the mend, now in 'serious' condition

19 June 2017

Steve Scalise's condition has been upgraded from "critical" to "serious" as he is showing signs of improvement, according to the hospital where he is being treated for a gunshot in the hip.

Steve Scalise's condition has been upgraded to "serious" after he underwent surgery Saturday for injuries sustained in a shooting at a Republican congressional baseball practice earlier this week, the hospital treating him said in a release.

Scalise's family expressed appreciation for "the outpouring of thoughts and prayers", the hospital stated. He has required surgery several times since the shooting.

Scalise was shot on June 14 during a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, by James Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old of Belleville, Illinois.

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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, 51, spoke while lying injured on the ball field but went into shock when he was transported by helicopter to the hospital in the District of Columbia. The person did not disclose the names, but said those listed had been briefed.

When Scalise first arrived at the hospital, "he was in critical condition with an imminent risk of death", Dr. Jack Sava, the director of trauma at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center, said in a press conference Friday.

Hodgkinson, from IL, who had lashed out against USA president Donald Trump and other Republicans over social media, was killed by Mr Scalise's security detail and other police officers.

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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".

But he added: "We fully expect him to be able to walk", and "hopefully run". "After discharge he will need a period of healing and rehabilitation". Scalise has undergone a number of surgeries so far, and his recovery is expected to be lengthy.

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".

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Congressman Scalise on the mend, now in 'serious' condition