Rep. Scalise's condition upgraded to 'serious'
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 19, 2017,
Jun 19, 2017, 15:23
A spokesman for George Washington University Hospital said that Matt Mika, a lobbyist wounded in the attack, was improving, and that as of Thursday night his condition had been upgraded from critical to serious. He arrived "in critical condition with an imminent risk of death", Sava said, adding that now, "we are encouraged by improvement in his condition". He underwent another surgery today, but continues to show signs of improvement.
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The alleged shooter, identified by police as James Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Illinois, was killed in a shootout with police Wednesday morning after shooting Scalise and three others. The round fragmented, and caused significant damage to bones, internal organs and blood vessels.
Investigators say they have yet to find anything indicating Hodgkinson had an attack plan in mind, adding he told his wife earlier this week he was heading back to IL and he canceled his membership in the YMCA the day before the shooting and talked to a local garage about getting his van ready.
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.
Mika will remain in the intensive care unit through the weekend at least, the family said.
Medstar Washington Hospital Center released the update on behalf of the Scalise family. Predicting the length of that hospital stay will be much easier after a few more days have passed.
Another Capitol Police officer, David Bailey, who was hit by shrapnel, and a congressional aide, Zach Barth, who was shot, were previously treated and released from a hospital. Griner remained hospitalized at MedStar Hospital after getting shot in the ankle, and Sava described her in good condition.
At Friday's hospital news conference, Scalise's chief of staff Brett Horton read a statement from Jennifer Scalise, the congressman's wife.