Representative Scalise, wounded in
Virginia shooting, is out of ICU
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[June 24, 2017]
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Steve
Scalise, the Louisiana lawmaker shot last week at a U.S. congressional
baseball team practice, is no longer in the intensive care unit of the
hospital where he is being treated and remains in fair condition, the
hospital said on Friday.
Scalise was shot in the hip on June 14 when a lone gunman opened fire on
Republican lawmakers practicing for an annual charity game against the
Democrats. He entered the hospital in critical condition and has
undergone several surgeries.
"Congressman Steve Scalise’s continued good progress allowed him to be
transferred out of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) on Thursday," said
MedStar Washington Hospital Center.
"He remains in fair condition as he continues an extended period of
healing and rehabilitation," the hospital said in a statement posted on
its web site.
Matt Mika, a lobbyist wounded in the same shooting at an Alexandria,
Virginia ball field, has been released from George Washington University
Hospital, his family said in a statement on Friday.
Local media reported that Mika, a Tyson Foods lobbyist, was visited
before leaving in his hospital room by Jayson Werth, a Washington
Nationals star player.
Scalise, 51, is the No. 3 Republican in the House. He, Mika and others
were shot or otherwise injured in a mass shooting carried out by James
Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Illinois, who later died in the hospital
of gunshot wounds.
The FBI, which investigated the incident, said on Wednesday that
Hodgkinson did not post online any threats against or references to
members of Congress before the attack.
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House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) speaks at a news conference
on "Taxpayers Protection Alliance on Trade Promotion Authority" on
Capitol Hill in Washington, June 10, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas/File
The agent said authorities found a laptop computer, a cell phone and
a digital camera in Hodgkinson's car after the incident, and 200
rounds of ammunition in a storage locker Hodgkinson had rented in
April in Alexandria.
The shooting occurred as 25 to 30 Republican members of the House
and Senate had gathered for an early morning practice a day before
the annual charity game, which was played on June 15.
With many players on both teams wearing hats to honor Scalise, the
game was won by the Democrats, 11-2, but they loaned the trophy to
the Republicans until Scalise is better.
As the game was about to begin, Senate Majority Leader Mitch
McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Speaker Paul
Ryan and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi stood side by side at
Washington's Nationals Park to shout: “Let’s play ball!”
(Reporting by Rick Cowan; Additional reportng by Jon Herskovitz;
Writing by Tim Ahmann; Editing by Kevin Drawbaugh and Simon
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