WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US Congressman Steve Scalise, who was shot on Wednesday during a Republican baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia and is in critical condition, will require additional surgery to treat his wound, MedStar Washington Hospital Center Trauma Services Director Jack Sava said during a press conference on Friday.
"The Congressman’s status remains critical, we are encouraged by improvement in his condition over the last 36 hours," Sava stated. "We have controlled the bleeding and his vital signs have stabilized. He will require additional operations to manage abdominal injuries and other bone injuries."
Sava explained there is a major risk to Scalise’s life because of hemorrhage that can occur as a result of the substantial damage the bullet caused to blood vessels.
The risk is lower than when Scalise was brought in to the hospital, Sava noted, adding that he more confident and optimistic about the congressman’s condition.
On Wednesday morning, 66-year-old James Hodgkinson opened fire on participants of the Republican baseball practice, injuring US Scalise and four other individuals.
Several lawmakers and analysts have suggested the shooting could be politically-motivated given the shooter’s leftist rants on social media, and called on all lawmakers support each other after the indident.