Rep. Scalise's condition upgraded to 'serious'

Rep. Scalise's condition upgraded to 'serious'

Rep. Scalise's condition upgraded to 'serious'

The president said that because of the "tremendous pain and suffering he's now enduring. our country will perhaps become closer, more unified".

Scalise, the number three Republican in the House of Representatives, arrived at the hospital in a critical state, facing "an imminent risk of death", according to Sava.

Medstar Washington Hospital Center released the update Saturday on behalf of the Scalise family.

A single rifle wound caused "substantial damage" to Scalise's internal organs and blood loss, his doctor explained Friday.

The senior Republican suffered extensive injuries and was in critical condition on Wednesday night.

A playground near the baseball field is cordoned off with police tape as the investigation continue at the scene in Alexandria, Va., Thursday, June 15, 2017, the day after House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La. was shot d.

Scalise has undergone multiple surgeries and he is expected to need more surgeries.

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Scalise, 51, and four others were wounded when an IL man opened fire Wednesday morning on the team practice in Alexandria.

The gunman, identified by officials as James Hodgkinson, died after the shootout.

The surgeon said there were hundreds of bullet fragments in Mr Scalise's body, but "we have no intention to try and remove all the bullet fragments at this point". He added that Scalise "will be able to walk and, hopefully, run".

"I think that an excellent recovery is a good possibility", Dr. Jack Sava, director of trauma at MedStar Washington Hospital Center said at a news conference Friday afternoon. "His risk of death right now is substantially lower than when he came in".

The message from congressman Steve Scalise of Louisiana says: "Steve's greatest joy is being a father to Madison and Harrison, and a husband to Jennifer". Six people were injured during the attack, including two congressmen, a congressional aide, a lobbyist and two police officers.

"[Scalise] will require additional operations to manage abdominal injuries and other broken bones". Two police officers were injured.

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