Six weeks after he was shot on an Alexandria baseball field, Rep. Steve Scalise has been discharged from the hospital.
The Louisiana congressman’s office tweeted a statement saying he “has made excellent progress in his recovery from a life-threatening gunshot wound…and is now beginning a period of intensive inpatient rehabilitation.”
Courtesy of @MedStarWHC: Majority Whip Scalise has begun a period of intensive inpatient rehabilitation. pic.twitter.com/S6HcOfJZeh
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) July 26, 2017
Scalise was seriously injured in a June 17 attack on a group of Republicans by James Hodgkinson, an Illinois man who opened fire on them after asking fellow congressmen their party identification as they practiced for the congressional baseball game. Hodgkinson was killed by Capitol Police, who were there as part of the House majority whip’s security detail.
“He is in good spirits and is looking forward to his return to work once he completes rehabilitation,” his office tweeted. “He and his family are grateful for the care he received from the trauma team as well as the other doctors, nurses, and staff of MedStar Washington Hospital Center. The family also appreciates the outpouring of prayers and support during this time.”
Scalise was struck by one bullet in the left hip. It then traveled through the pelvic area, causing internal bleeding. He was stabilized on the baseball field by fellow Rep. Brad Wenstrom, an Iraq veteran. Capitol Hill police officer Crystal Griner was also shot in the attack, as were lobbyist Matt Mika and aide Zack Barth. All are released and recovering.
The congressman’s condition was upgraded in late June, but by early July, he was back in the Intensive Care Unit due to infection worries.