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Reports: Scalise out of intensive care

Scalise faces a long road of rehabilitation

Steve Scalise
Steve Scalise

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, critically injured when he was shot during a congressional baseball practice, has been transferred out of intensive care, The Washington Post and Fox News reported Friday.

The Louisiana Republican arrived at the hospital last week in critical condition after being injured in the shooting that interrupted a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia.

When Scalise was shot last week, a bullet punctured his left hip and traveled across to the other hip, causing "substantial damage" to his blood vessels, bones and some internal organs, Dr. Jack Sava, who treated Scalise at the hospital, said Friday.

Scalise arrived at the hospital "with an imminent risk of death," Sava said. However, after multiple surgeries, Scalise showed signs of improvement, and by Saturday, his condition was upgraded from critical to serious.

Scalise faces a long road of rehabilitation, but doctors "fully expect to him to walk ... and hopefully run" in the future, Sava said.

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.

Law enforcement officials identified the shooter as 66-year-old James Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois, who later died from injuries sustained during a shootout with police on the scene.