Wounded congressman sends Father's Day message

Jackie Newman
June 23, 2017

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise has been upgraded to fair condition as he recovers from a gunshot wound that almost took his life last week.

U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) speaks to the media after a meeting at Trump Tower on December 12, 2016 in New York City. His condition is critical, and he will require additional operations, the hospital indicated.

The FBI said in a joint statement with other law enforcement agencies Friday that it is continuing to process evidence in an effort to determine a motive in the shooting.

The congressman grievously wounded when a gunman opened fire at a Republican baseball practice is delivering a Father's Day message through his Twitter account. A single shot left Scalise, 51, with a shattered bone in his left hip and internal injuries that caused severe bleeding.

Despite the initial scare, his condition appears to have steadily improved. His condition has been upgraded to serious.

The attack spurred an outpouring of bipartisan support, and Scalise's colleagues on Capitol Hill continue to rally together.

Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry, R-North Carolina, is holding a blood drive for Scalise at the Capitol.

Among those participating were Vice President Mike Pence and California Rep. Pete Aguilar.

During the congressional baseball practice June 14, a gunman injured Scalise, congressional staffer Zach Barth, Tyson Foods lobbyist Matt Mika and two members of the Capitol Police force, Crystal Griner and David Bailey.

It remains unclear when he may be released from the hospital. "He will certainly be in the hospital for a considerable period of time, presumably weeks".

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