Gunman went to Republican baseball practice with a list of names
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 20, 2017,
Jun 20, 2017, 19:16
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 bullet struck Scalise in the hip, and traveled across his body, shattering bones and passing through internal organs, causing major internal bleeding.
Scalise was in dire condition when he was shot at the Congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday.
The House of Representatives majority whip underwent another operation on Saturday, and the hospital said he was more responsive and speaking with his family.
As congressional Republicans and Democrats joined Thursday night in their annual baseball game, played this year in Scalise's honor, word came from the hospital that he remained in critical condition, but had "improved in the last 24 hours".
The hospital said Scalise underwent another surgery Saturday to treat the gunshot wound.
Known to "just dive big into life", Scalise started to feel more like himself on Saturday, when he cheered for his alma mater Louisiana State University's baseball team on Twitter, saying, "Tigers win!"
Police and Federal Bureau of Investigation officials declined to confirm media accounts that the list of names Hodgkinson carried was a "kill list"; they said the names were listed without any other comment.
"This Father's Day has special meaning for the Scalise family, and they send their best wishes to every family, especially the dads". Doctors said his prognosis was positive on Friday. The attacker was shot and later died.
Also suffering relatively minor injuries were two Capitol Police officers, David Bailey and Crystal Griner, and House GOP aide Zack Barth.
Sava said that after being released from the hospital, Scalise "will require a period of healing and rehabilitation". He remains in critical condition.
Bailey was spotted Friday in the Capitol, on crutches and out of uniform, accepting congratulations from fellow officers.
Lobbyist Matt Mika was shot multiple times and critically injured.