Congressman Scalise's condition improves after another surgery


The condition of US Congressman Steve Scalise (R-La.), who was shot in an attack on Republican lawmakers at a baseball practice in Washington last week, has been upgraded from "critical" to 'serious, ' a spokesman announced Saturday.

Rep. Mo Brooks on Sunday said he will introduce legislation in the coming week to allow congressmen and senators to carry guns, in the wake of the shooting of fellow Congressman Steve Scalise.

Scalise was one of five people shot when a gunman opened fire Wednesday as the Republican team practiced in Alexandria, Virginia.

The person did not disclose the names, but said those listed had been briefed.

Scalise was shot in the hip, and the bullet damaged bone, blood vessels and internal organs.

The rifle round caused severe bleeding, and a doctor said Friday that when he was admitted he was critical with imminent risk of death, but had improved.

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The gunman, identified by law enforcement officials as 66-year-old James Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois, later died from injuries sustained during a shootout with police on the scene. "After discharge he will need a period of healing and rehabilitation". "I feel a lot more optimistic than I did two, three days ago".

The hospital released the statement on behalf of Scalise's family.

Also suffering relatively minor injuries were two Capitol Police officers, David Bailey and Crystal Griner, and House GOP aide Zachary Barth.

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

Griner remained in the hospital in good condition after sustaining a gunshot wound to the ankle, according to a Friday update.

The statement noted that there would be no further updates on Scalise's condition for the rest of the weekend.