Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Medicine | By Megan Pierce

US lawmakers back at work after shooting, congressman still hospitalized

US lawmakers back at work after shooting, congressman still hospitalized

House Majority Whip Scalise, 51, was shot in the hip by a rifle-welding critic of the president who sprayed bullets on United States lawmakers practising for an annual baseball game in the Washington suburb of Alexandria.

Scalise and three others were shot Wednesday morning at a baseball practice in Alexandria, Va.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was wounded along with four others.

But he added: "We fully expect him to be able to walk", and "hopefully run". The congressman underwent another surgery Saturday, and the hospital says he is more responsive and speaking with family. Hodgkinson was mortally wounded by police.

"On behalf of Steve and our children, I want to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for the incredible amount of prayers and warm wishes we have received since Wednesday's events", Scalise's wife, Jennifer, said in a statement Friday.

MedStar Washington Hospital, where Scalise is being treated after being shot, updated his condition on Saturday. The round fragmented and did substantial damage to bones, internal organs and blood vessels.

None of the victims injured in the attack were on the list, the law enforcement source said.

A source said investigators are not sure of the significance of the names and it is not clear whether this was a list of people the attacker was targeting.

They said that his "risk of death" has substantially lowered than when he arrived at the hospital.

The shot fired at Scalise left perhaps hundreds of bullet fragments internally, many of which may never be removed because surgery might be more unsafe than leaving them in place, Sava said. The congressman's vital signs have stabilized and his internal bleeding is under control, according to the doctor, who said Scalise's physicians were "encouraged" by his progress but remained cautious.

Sava also said that Crystal Griner, one of the U.S. Capitol Police officers credited with saving Scalise and others at the field, sustained a gunshot wound to her ankle.

His condition has improved over the past 24 hours, but he will require more surgeries and "will be in the hospital for some time".

Bailey was spotted Friday in the Capitol, on crutches and out of uniform, accepting congratulations from fellow officers.

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