Condition of lawmaker shot at baseball practice upgraded

Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise remains in critical condition, but his vital signs have “stabilized” two days after being shot during a congressional baseball practice on Wednesday, hospital officials announced Friday. The hospital said Thursday that Scalise had improved in the past 24 hours but that his condition remained critical and he would need additional operations that would keep him in the hospital “for some time”.

Sue Hodgkinson says she saw no signs her husband was planning violence, didn’t know what to say about it and wanted her family and neighbors left alone.

Scalise, 51, and three others were wounded when a man identified as James Hodgkinson, 66, from the St. Louis suburb of Belleville, Illinois, opened fire on the lawmakers. Sava says Scalise has responded to family members while he’s still under sedation.

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

Hodgkinson was said to have been motivated by grievances against President Donald Trump.

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Medstar Washington Hospital Center released the update Saturday on behalf of the Scalise family.

Hodgkinson also contacted the office of Rep. Mike Bost, R-Ill., at least 10 times over the past year, a Bost spokesman has said, characterizing the emails and phone calls as negative but not threatening. He said it is now hard to predict how long Scalise will need to remain in the hospital but they should have a better idea of that in the coming days.

David Bailey, a Capitol Hill police officer who was part of Scalise’s security detail and helped bring down the shooter, also was injured in the Wednesday incident but had recovered enough to throw the game’s ceremonial first pitch.

Capitol Police Officer Crystal Griner also remains at the MedStar Washington hospital after sustaining a gunshot wound to her ankle, but is in “good condition and good spirits” the hospital said.

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