Shot congressman Steve Scalise off the critical list

Erika Turner
June 19, 2017

Rep. Steve Scalise, the congressman wounded this week by a left-wing zealot gunman, is now in serious condition and is showing signs of improvement, doctors said in an update Saturday afternoon released by the congressman's office.

The Louisiana Republican is "more responsive, and is speaking with his loved ones", according to a statement posted on his Twitter account. "The Scalise family greatly appreciates the outpouring of thoughts and prayers". The person familiar with the discovery did not disclose the names but said that those listed had been briefed.

A Republican supporter holds up a sign supporting House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) before the Democrats and Republicans face off in the annual Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park in Washington, U.S., June 15, 2017.

Hospital officials previously said Scalise would need multiple operations and weeks to recover after a bullet tore through his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs and causing severe bleeding.

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

The gunman was shot and killed by Capitol Police officers on scene, but not before one of them, Special Agent Crystal Griner, suffered a gunshot to his ankle. On Friday, a senior doctor at the hospital said Scalise, 51, had been at the brink of death because of extensive blood loss when he arrived at the hospital by helicopter.

President Donald Trump speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, June 15, 2017, during an event on Apprenticeship and Workforce of Tomorrow initiatives.

Scalise was the most seriously injured of the four people Hodgkinson shot Wednesday morning. Hodgkinson has been identified as the suspect in the Wednesday, June.

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