Wounded Rep. Steve Scalise out of intensive care

Rep. Steve Scalise, who was gravely wounded in a shooting at a Republican baseball practice last week, has left the intensive care unit, reports say.

On Wednesday, MedStar Washington Hospital Center said Scalise was making "good progress" and was listed in fair condition as he begins "an extended period of healing and rehabilitation".

At the same time, a House panel announced modest increases in spending for lawmakers' security, including improved training and equipment, as it unveiled legislation to pay for congressional operations. The gunman, who authorities identified as 66-year-old James Hodgkinson, shot 60 rounds at the GOP team before he was fatally shot.

Congressional staffer Zach Barth, food industry lobbyist Matt Mika and D.C. Metro Police officer Crystal Griner were the others shot. However, after multiple surgeries, Scalise showed signs of improvement, and by Saturday, his condition was upgraded from critical to serious.

Authorities later said that Hodgkinson had kept a storage locker filled with more than 200 rounds of ammunition at the YMCA near the baseball field.

The shooting occurred as 25 to 30 Republican members of the House and Senate had gathered for an early morning practice a day before the annual charity game, which was played on June 15.

  • Salvatore Jensen