MedStar Washington Hospital Center on Saturday said House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) "continues to show signs of improvement" after being shot last week when a gunman opened fire at a Republican congressional baseball practice. Scalise was shot Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, .
Scalise, 51, and four others were wounded when an IL man opened fire Wednesday morning on the team practice in Alexandria.
Sava said Scalise will require surgeries soon for abdominal and bone injuries, in addition to the two he has undergone to fix a bone in his leg broken by the bullet.
"He is more responsive, and is speaking with his loved ones", the statement said. "The Scalise family greatly appreciates the outpouring of thoughts and prayers", the hospital wrote, "on behalf of the Scalise family".
Although Scalise was able to talk on the ballfield, by the time he was transported by helicopter to the hospital, he was in shock. The round fragmented, and caused significant damage to bones, internal organs and blood vessels. The injuries had put the majority whip at an "imminent risk of death", said Jack Sava, director of trauma care for MedStar Washington Hospital Center.More news: Paris police shoot attacker near Notre-Dame Cathedral
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Hodgkinson, from IL, who had lashed out against U.S. president Donald Trump and other Republicans over social media, was killed by Mr Scalise's security detail and other police officers.
Griner remained in the hospital in good condition after sustaining a gunshot wound to the ankle, according to a Friday update.
Suffering relatively minor injuries were two Capitol Police officers, David Bailey and Crystal Griner, and House GOP aide Zack Barth.
The family of a lobbyist shot multiple times during a Republican baseball practice outside Washington says he has undergone additional surgery and doctors expect a full recovery.
The shot fired at Scalise left perhaps hundreds of bullet fragments internally, many of which may never be removed because surgery might be more risky than leaving them in place, Sava said.