US lawmaker Scalise improving after baseball field shooting

Barsaba Taglieri
Giugno 19, 2017

The person says investigators aren't sure of the significance of the names and it's not clear whether this was a list of people the attacker was targeting.

The hospital said Saturday Scalise is more responsive and speaking with his loved ones.

The American Hospital Association defines "critical" condition as: "Vital signs are unstable and not within normal limits".

Four men, including Scalise, a police officer, a congressional aide and a lobbyist, were shot and wounded when a man identified as James Hodgkinson, opened fire on the lawmakers as they practiced for an annual charity baseball game between Republicans and Democrats.

The rifle-wielding 66-year-old, who died during the attack, had a history of anger aimed at Republican officials.

Although Scalise was able to talk while lying injured on the ball field, he had gone into shock by the time he was transported by helicopter to the hospital and arrived "in critical condition with an imminent risk of death", Sava said.

"His risk of death right now is substantially lower than when he came in".

"I feel a lot more confident and a lot more optimistic than I did two, three days ago", Sava said. Capitol Police officer David Bailey and Texas Rep. Roger Williams were also injured during the incident.

Scalise's security detail and other police officers shot and killed the assailant, James Hodgkinson of IL, who had lashed out against President Donald Trump and other Republicans over social media.

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

Medstar Washington Hospital Center released the update Saturday on behalf of the Scalise family. His family said in a statement Saturday that Mika had undergone another operation and was expected to recover fully, according to NBC News. Trump addressed the players by video message, hailing Scalise's courage.

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.

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.

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