Scalise condition upgraded to serious

20 June, 2017, 14:02 | Author: Valerie Burke
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Capitol Police officers returned fire, and Hodgkinson was fatally wounded.

(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File).

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise listens during an interview in NY on October 8, 2014.

Investigators said in a statement that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has searched the van, which was parked not far from the Alexandria, Virginia, baseball field where Wednesday's shooting took place.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise remains critical but improving after the Virginia baseball field ambush.

Dr. Jack Sava of MedStar Washington Hospital Center said there was a "good possibility" that the Louisiana Republican will be able to return to work in his full capacity.

Sava said he was surprised by initial media reports that said Scalise was in stable condition. "The bullet traveled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs, and causing severe bleeding", according to a statement Scalise's office released by MedStar Washington Hospital Center. He suffered massive blood loss and was at "imminent risk of death" upon arriving at the hospital Wednesday. He also received an additional procedure that day to stop bleeding. Infection also is a risk, especially if the intestines were perforated.

Republican lawmakers first elected Steve Scalise to be House Majority Whip in 2014. Because the bullet shattered, there may be hundreds of fragments in Scalise's body and doctors do not intend to try to remove them all, Sava said.

Scalise, 51, spoke while lying injured on the ball field but went into shock when he was transported by helicopter to the hospital in the District of Columbia.

Scalise's doctors estimate the congressman will be recovering in the hospital for the next couple of weeks.

"As far as winning and losing, I think that's far from anybody's mind right now", he said.

Despite his optimism, Sava said Scalise's condition remained critical: "He will require additional operations to manage abdominal injuries and other bone injuries".

The baseball tradition is said to have forged a friendship between Richmond and fellow Louisiana Rep. Scalise.

The gunman, identified by authorities as 66-year-old James Hodgkinson from Belleville, Illinois, was killed in a gunfight with Capitol Hill police officers during the attack.

The president said that because of the "tremendous pain and suffering he's now enduring. our country will perhaps become closer, more unified".

"We will not give in to fear, violence or hate", Aguilar said.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., paid a visit to his injured colleague at the hospital Friday.

Scalise's chief of staff, Brett Horton, read a statement from Scalise's wife Jennifer.

Hodgkinson - an IL home inspector who had been living out of his van near the park - had a social media page filled with criticism of Republicans and the Trump administration.

The FBI, ATF, U.S. Capitol Police and Alexandria Police said Thursday that said the shooter's weapons were a 9 mm handgun and a 7.62 caliber rifle, which he appears to have purchased legally.

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