Rep. Steve Scalise's condition upgraded to 'serious'

Rep. Steve Scalise, the congressman wounded this week by a left-wing zealot gunman, is now in serious condition and is showing signs of improvement, doctors said in an update Saturday afternoon released by the congressman's office.

Top US Republican lawmaker Steve Scalise remains hospitalized in critical condition after being shot this week but he has improved, his surgeon said Friday as he expressed optimism about the legislator's prospects for recovery.

Sava said that doctors on Thursday had operated on him to fix the broken bone. Richmond, who plays for the Democratic team, said he had visited the hospital multiple times.

The injuries had put the majority whip at an "imminent risk of death", said Jack Sava, director of trauma care for MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

The president made his comments as he spoke in Miami to announce a new policy on Cuba.

Auto mechanic Crist Dauberman told The Associated Press on Friday that James Hodgkinson erupted into an angry, profanity-laden tirade.

Scalise's wife, Jennifer, thanked the public and administration for their "strong outpouring of love and support" in a statement Friday.

Scalise, 51, sustained injuries to internal organs, broken bones and severe bleeding after being shot in his left hip on Wednesday morning on a baseball field in a Washington suburb.

GOP congressman Steve Scalise's condition is being upgraded from critical to serious. "I'm prayerful he will pull through, and I hope he does", he said. Congressional aide Zack Barth, Tysons Food lobbyist Matt Mika and Capitol Police Officer David Bailey were also shot in the attack, but have since been released from the hospital.

Congressmen on the list say they've been contacted by Capitol Police.

After Saturday's surgery, which was not described in detail, Scalise "continues to show improvement", the hospital statement said.

On Thursday night Scalise was honored at the annual congressional baseball game at Nationals Stadium, where a record crowd showed up.

  • Archie Newman