Scalise upgraded to serious condition; shooter had list of names, source says

Ruben Ruiz
June 19, 2017

"He remains in critical condition, but has improved in the last 24 hours", reads a statement provided Thursday by MedStar Washington Hospital Center, the medical facility now treating Scalise.

Scalise has received multiple blood transfusions, which can affect clotting, something doctors will monitor closely.

According to Sava, the bullet fractured upon entering Scalise's hip. He was taken to a hospital where he underwent surgery and was listed in critical condition.

"I feel a lot more confident and a lot more optimistic than I did two, three days ago", Dr. Sava said at a press conference.

Sava also said that Scalise will likely remain in the hospital for a "considerable period of time".

Doctors have been able to control Scalise's internal bleeding and his vital signs have stabilized, Sava said. Because Scalise is a member of House leadership, Capitol Police were present at the field. Sava said he wasn't ready to describe granular specifics of Scalise's injuries, such as whether he suffered nerve damage or identifying which organs had been struck.

Sava estimates there are hundreds of bullet fragments in Scalise's pelvis and says doctors don't intend to try to remove them all, as that could cause more harm than good.

Scalise underwent a third procedure and second surgery for his gunshot wound Thursday.

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I would also like to personally thank all of the first responders who bravely assisted at the scene, as well as the entire staff of MedStar Washington Hospital Center for their continued excellent care.

Later, the crowd burst into applause as Capitol Police Officer David Bailey - who was injured as he pursued the shooter - hobbled to the mound on crutches and tossed the ceremonial first pitch.

Sava declined to put a timeline on when that would happen, or when Scalise, 51, would be able to leave the hospital. The 66-year-old posted several angry messages about President Donald Trump and the Republican party on social media before the incident.

The announcement comes as the congressional charity baseball game, for which Scalise and his Republican colleagues had been practicing at the time of the shooting, continues as planned.

Members of the U.S. Capitol Police engaged in a shootout with the assailant on Wednesday, and lawmakers said their presence probably prevented many deaths.

When the president intoned three words he said have brought Americans together for generations - "Let's play ball" - cheers rang out. "I think that his risk of death right now is substantially lower than when he came in. he was as critical as you can be when he came in".

Investigators say Hodgkinson shot House Rep. Steve Scalise on Wednesday before he was killed by police who had been guarding Scalise on the Alexandria, Virginia, baseball field.

Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent in charge Tim Slater said it was "too early to say" whether it was an act of terrorism, or whether Scalise was targeted.

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