Scalise upgraded to 'serious' condition, able to speak to family

Henrietta Brewer
June 20, 2017

Scalise and three other people were shot early Wednesday at a park in suburban Washington as they practised for a congressional charity baseball game.

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.

Recalling Hodgkinson's profanity-laden tirade, Dauberman said: "It was more than the average person who had maybe voted for Hillary [Clinton]".

The message from congressman Steve Scalise of Louisiana on Sunday says: "Steve's greatest joy is being a father to Madison and Harrison, and a husband to Jennifer". The congressman underwent another surgery Saturday, and the hospital says he is more responsive and speaking with family.

The hospital released the statement on behalf of Scalise's family.

Griner remained in the hospital in good condition after sustaining a gunshot wound to the ankle, according to a Friday update.

Since then, the lawmaker has undergone multiple surgeries and procedures to stop the bleeding and fix bone.

He has had several operations since the shooting. Hodgkinson, a devout Bernie Sanders supporter and supporter of far-left causes, had left a social media trail showing his disgust for President Trump's administration and conservative politicians.

The surgeon said there were hundreds of bullet fragments in Mr Scalise's body, but "we have no intention to try and remove all the bullet fragments at this point".

Nonetheless, said Sava, "We fully expect him to be able to walk" and "hopefully run". He added that Scalise would be in the hospital "for some time" and would need "a period of healing and rehabilitation" after being discharged.

"I feel a lot more confident and a lot more optimistic than I did two, three days ago", Dr Sava said. Capitol Police officer David Bailey and Texas Rep. Roger Williams were also injured during the incident.

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