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Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

US Rep. Scalise's condition upgraded to 'serious' after shooting

US Rep. Scalise's condition upgraded to 'serious' after shooting

The hospital where Rep. Steve Scalise is being treated, Medstar Washington Hospital Center, also released a statement on the condition of the injured Republican Congressman.

The House of Representatives majority whip underwent another operation on Saturday, and the hospital said he was more responsive and speaking with his family. Hodgkinson has been identified as the suspect in the Wednesday, June 14, 2017, Washington D.C. shooting.

That's according to a statement from Medstar Washington Hospital Center.

Although Scalise was able to talk on the ballfield, by the time he was transported by helicopter to the hospital, he was in shock.

Mr Mika's family said he was still in intensive care but was able to communicate through notes - and had signed the game ball from Friday's congressional baseball game.

They released photos of guns similar to the handgun and rifle that were used in the attack, which officials have said were purchased legally.

He had been listed as still in critical condition Friday, so the serious condition is an upgrade.

On Wednesday morning, 66-year-old James Hodgkinson opened fire on participants of the Republican baseball practice, injuring US Scalise and four other individuals.

U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) was among five wounded, including the suspected gunman, in the attack as Republican Congressional members practiced for a charity baseball game.

So far, investigators have not linked Hodgkinson to any radical groups, said a law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly.

Bailey received a hero's welcome from a record crowd of almost 25,000 at Thursday's game when he threw out the first pitch.

News that the gunman had a list of names on him at the time of the shooting suggests that it wasn't a random incident but instead was a premeditated attempt to kill the politicians.

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