Rep. Scalise upgraded from 'critical' to 'serious'

Claudine Rigal
Juin 19, 2017

In a statement Saturday, Matt Mika's family says he will remain in the intensive care unit at George Washington University Hospital at least through the weekend.

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.

Rep. Steve Scalise's condition is continuing to improve after he was shot Wednesday at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia.

Medstar Washington Hospital Center released the update on behalf of the Scalise family.

A message posted on Scalise's Twitter account said the congressman from Louisiana on Saturday was watching the Louisiana State baseball game and "rooting hard for a big Tigers win" in the College World Series.

"He is more responsive, and is speaking with his loved ones", the statement said.

Scalise, 51, was among four people shot by a gunman identified as James Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Ill., who died after a shootout with police.

This is according to a person familiar with the case who was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to The Associated Press Saturday on condition of anonymity.

Brooks said the gunman had a list of GOP targets in his pocket, including himself, and he's concerned other deranged people may come after him.

On Friday, Dr. Jack Sava, director of trauma at MedSTAR, said he was feeling "more confident" about Scalise than when he arrived with a gunshot wound to the hip that had caused serious damage to "bones, internal organs and blood vessels and nerves". Capitol Police officer David Bailey and Texas Rep. Roger Williams were also injured during the incident. He remains in critical condition.

Bailey was spotted Friday in the Capitol, on crutches and out of uniform, accepting congratulations from fellow officers. Scalise has undergone a number of surgeries so far, and his recovery is expected to be lengthy.

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