House Majority Whip Steve Scalise remains in critical condition Friday, days after a shooting at an early-morning baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia.
Scalise, the third-ranking GOP leader in the House, “continues to show signs of improvement”, MedStar Washington Hospital Center said in a statement released on behalf of his family.
The hospital said Saturday Scalise is more responsive and speaking with his loved ones.
The gunman, identified by officials as James Hodgkinson, died after the shootout. He added that Scalise would be in the hospital “for some time” and would need “a period of healing and rehabilitation” after being discharged. Griner remained hospitalized at MedStar Hospital after getting shot in the ankle, and Sava described her in good condition. Scalise remains in critical condition but his vital signs have stabilized and doctors have lifted sedation enough for him to respond to family members.
Sava said he told Scalise’s family that “I am not declaring victory until he’s playing ball in his back yard with his family”.
The president said that because of the “tremendous pain and suffering he’s now enduring. our country will perhaps become closer, more unified”.
Scalise is being treated in the hospital’s intensive care unit.
The Louisiana Republican is recovering from “substantial damage” he suffered when a bullet pierced his left hip and traveled directly across to the other hip, Dr. Jack Sava of MedStar Washington Hospital Center said Friday.
Trump’s comments came at the beginning of his speech in Miami Friday announcing a partial rollback of ties to Cuba-reversing changes made by President Barack Obama’s administration.
Mika, a MI native, was one of five people shot when a gunman opened fire Wednesday as the Republican team practiced in Alexandria, Virginia.
The Congressional Baseball Game, an annual tradition, went on as planned Thursday.