Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Industry | By Dora Warner

Lead surgeon: United States congressman Scalise showing improvement after being shot

Lead surgeon: United States congressman Scalise showing improvement after being shot

Lobbyist Matt Mika, who was shot several times and critically wounded, has undergone additional surgery and doctors expect a full recovery, his family said.

"He is more responsive, and is speaking with loved ones", said the tweet sent from Scalise's account.

His doctors say Rep. Scalise will be in the hospital for a considerable amount of time, possibly weeks.

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Sava said he told Scalise's family that "I am not declaring victory until he's playing ball in his back yard with his family".

The majority whip was shot during a congressional baseball practice in what's being described as a politically motivated assassination attempt. The annual GOP-Democrats baseball game raises money for charity.

Sava earlier said the Louisiana congressman had been at "imminent risk of death" when he was first brought into the hospital on Wednesday, and he received many units of transfused blood. "The bullet traveled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs, and causing severe bleeding", MedStar said in a statement put out by Scalise's office.

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Top US Republican lawmaker Steve Scalise continued to show improvement as he recovers from being shot by a gunman angry about President Donald Trump, the hospital treating him said Saturday.

Police investigate a shooting scene after a gunman opened fire on Republican members of Congress during a baseball practice near Washington in Alexandria, Virginia, June 14, 2017.

In his speech in Miami Friday, President Trump called for unity in the aftermath of Wednesday's shooting at a GOP baseball practice. He added that Scalise "will be able to walk and, hopefully, run". Two police officers were injured.

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Investigators studying Wednesday's attack at a suburban Virginia park said Thursday that shooter James Hodgkinson had obtained his rifle and handgun from licensed firearms dealers. Capitol Police officer David Bailey and Texas Rep. Roger Williams were also injured during the incident.

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