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.
Hospital officials previously said Scalise would need multiple operations and weeks to recover after a bullet tore through his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs and causing severe bleeding.
Scalise and three others were shot Wednesday morning at a baseball practice in Alexandria, Va. He arrived “in critical condition with an imminent risk of death”, Dr. Jack Sava, director of trauma at the hospital, said Friday.
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.
The surgeon said there were hundreds of bullet fragments in Mr Scalise’s body, but “we have no intention to try and remove all the bullet fragments at this point”. That social media and letters to the editor showed Hodgkinson to be an ardent liberal who hated congressional Republicans gave the attacks an bad partisan overtone and inevitably led Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, Newt Gingrich, Rush Limbaugh and others to blame it on the left’s harsh criticism of President Trump.
But he added: “We fully expect him to be able to walk”, and “hopefully run”.
‘I feel a lot more confident and a lot more optimistic than I did two, three days ago, ‘ Sava said.
“Take the time to be close with the ones you love”, it read. “Thank you for the continued prayers, support and outpouring of love”, his family wrote in a tweet, with pictures of the congressman and his children attached.
Law enforcement officials proceeded Friday with their investigation of the attack at a suburban Virginia park, including examining Hodgkinson’s social media activities and his home in Belleville, Illinois.
A congressman said Hodgkinson asked him whether it was the Democratic or Republican team practicing before he carried out the shooting. Doctors immediately performed surgery, but additional operations will be required, the hospital said in the late-night statement. Griner remains hospitalized at MedStar Hospital after getting shot in the ankle, and Sava described her in good condition.