Scalise upgraded from critical to serious

Congressman Steve Scalise has undergone another surgery as he recovered from Wednesday's shooting in Alexandria, Virginia.

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

The gunman, James Hodgkinson from the St Louis suburb of Belleville, Illinois, was shot dead by officers in Mr Scalise's security detail.

The Louisiana Republican and House majority whip is "more responsive, and is speaking with his loved ones", according to a statement posted on his Twitter account.

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. This person was not authorized to speak publicly about the case and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The source said investigators were not sure of the significance of the names and did not know if it was a list of people Hodgkinson was targeting.

"The Scalise family greatly appreciates the outpouring of thoughts and prayers", the statement concludes.

The doctor described how a bullet from an assault rifle entered Scalise's hip and traversed his pelvis, shattering blood vessels, bones and internal organs along the way. "I'm prayerful he will pull through, and I hope he does", he said. "The doctor added, however, that Scalise will certainly be in the hospital for a considerable period of time, presumably weeks". Griner remained hospitalized at MedStar Hospital after getting shot in the ankle, and Sava described her in good condition.

"While we know there will be hard and challenging days ahead for Matt and our family, the phsycians and specialists at Matt's side expect a full recovery", the statement said.

  • Larry Hoffman