Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
USA | By Kelli Rowe

Wounded congressman sends Father's Day message

Wounded congressman sends Father's Day message

James T. Hodgkinson opened fire on Republican members of Congress during a Virginia baseball practice on Wednesday.

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.

Mr Scalise was shot as he fielded at second base during practice for an annual Republicans-Democrats baseball game.

The gunman shot four others before being fatally wounded by Capitol Police officers who were serving in Scalise's security detail.

The update comes just one day after a doctor told reporters here that Scalise is not only expected to walk again but "hopefully run" some time after he is released from the hospital. The congressman underwent another surgery Saturday, and the hospital says he is more responsive and speaking with family.

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Scalise remains in critical condition in the hospital's intensive care unit.

Scalise suffered a rifle wound in his left hip that shattered bones, tore organs and caused severe bleeding.

Scalise will require additional operations, Sava said, adding that it's hard to predict how long he will be in the hospital.

Scalise remains in critical condition at a hospital near the Capitol and has undergone multiple surgeries.

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Scalise's wife, Jennifer, issued a statement saying she was thankful for the "incredible amount of prayers and warm wishes" the family has received since the shooting. It includes photos of Scalise and his family.

CBN News contacted the offices of the acongressmen; however, staff say they can not make any further comments because it's an ongoing investigation.

"Though we have our differences, what unites us is so much stronger: our love of country, our devotion to its people".

"I understand he was awake on scene but by the time he was transported by helicopter to the MedStar trauma center, he was in shock", Sava said. Two police officers were injured.

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