U.S. lawmaker Scalise improving after baseball field shooting

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.Scalise, 51, is among four people shot by a gunman at a House Republican baseball practice Wednesday in the Washington suburbs.Doctor Sava described Scalise’s shot to his left hip as a devastating “trans-pelvic gunshot wound” from a high-velocity rifle.Scalise, the third-ranking GOP leader in the House, “continues to show signs of improvement”, said the statement from MedStar Washington Hospital Center, which it released on behalf of Scalise’s family.Scalise has been sedated since he was hospitalized but has recognized and responded to family members.Sava also said that Scalise will likely remain in the hospital for a “considerable period of time”.As for rehabilitation, Sava said he believed Scalise will be “able to walk and hopefully run” in the future.Congressional aide Zach Barth was the fourth person hit and is also expected to make a full recovery, NPR’s Vanessa Romo reports. The 66-year-old posted several angry messages about President Donald Trump and the Republican party on social media before the incident. The congressman underwent another surgery Saturday, and the hospital said he was more responsive and speaking with family. Scalise’s Capitol Police detail, two officers of whom were among the injured, has been credited with saving the lives of many present. Hundreds of bullet fragments remain in his body.According to the doctors, the main concern for Scalise at this point is making sure he does not have an infection.Trump added that Scalise is “having a hard time, far worse than anybody thought” following the shooting Wednesday. Doctors said he was near death upon arrival at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.Lobbyist Matt Mika was shot in the chest at the baseball practice.Sava later told The Associated Press that Scalise’s care is on track for someone with such a severe injury but that he still faces many risks to recovery.Since then, the lawmaker has undergone multiple surgeries and procedures to stop the bleeding and fix bone. Officer David Bailey recovered enough to throw the first pitch at Thursday’s Congressional Baseball Game.