NEW YORK — Representative Steve Scalise continued to improve Saturday, and doctors upgraded his condition from critical to serious, according to a statement released by MedStar Washington Hospital Center.
Doctors operated on Scalise again Saturday, but said afterward that he was more responsive than he had been Thursday and Friday and was able to speak to his family.
The hospital said it had been providing updates on Scalise’s condition at the request of his family, which “greatly appreciates the outpouring of thoughts and prayers.” Hospital officials said there would be no further updates until at least Monday.
Scalise, 51, who represents a district in Louisiana and is the No. 3 Republican in the House, was gravely wounded Wednesday by a gunman who opened fire during congressional baseball practice. A bullet entered Scalise’s left hip, breaking bones and tearing organs and blood vessels as it traveled across his body, according to doctors.
Dr. Jack Sava, the hospital’s director of trauma care, said Scalise would “require additional operations to manage abdominal injuries and other broken bones.”
Scalise was one of four people shot at a baseball field in Alexandria, Va., by James T. Hodgkinson, 66, who had repeatedly railed against Republicans in general and President Trump in particular on his Facebook page. Hodgkinson was killed in a shootout with the police.
Two of those wounded were Capitol Police officers, including special agent Crystal Griner, who was shot in the ankle. She remained in the hospital and was in good condition Saturday, Sava said.