Wounded congressman sends Father's Day message

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise's (R-La.) family celebrated Father's Day by tweeting picture as the congressman recovers from Wednesday's shooting in a Washington, D.C. hospital. Doctors called him "more responsive" and said he was "speaking with his loved ones".

Four men, including Scalise, a police officer, a congressional aide and a lobbyist, were shot and wounded when a man identified as James Hodgkinson, opened fire on the lawmakers as they practiced for an annual charity baseball game between Republicans and Democrats.

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Scalise had been awake immediately after the shooting, Sava said, but had gone into shock by the time he arrived at the hospital.

Scalise was shot in the hip, and the bullet damaged bone, blood vessels and internal organs. He remains in critical condition. "I think that his risk of death right now is substantially lower than when he came in. he was as critical as you can be when he came in".

Hodgkinson, a Belleville, Illinois, home inspector who had been living out of his van near the park, had a social media page filled with criticism of Republicans and the Trump administration. "The Scalise family greatly appreciates the outpouring of thoughts and prayers", the hospital announced, "on behalf of the Scalise family".

Furthermore, the story described how Hodgkinson was likely suffering from some kind of mental illness and his political ideology had "little" or nothing to do with his attempt to kill only Republicans.

Sava said Scalise would need to undergo an additional operation within the next 48 hours and more beyond that. Capitol Police officer David Bailey and Texas Rep. Roger Williams were also injured during the incident.

In a statement Saturday, Matt Mika's family says he will remain in the intensive care unit at George Washington University Hospital at least through the weekend.

  • Larry Hoffman