House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was at "imminent risk of death" after a gunman opened fire at a congressional baseball team practice, but the GOP leader is making progress and is expected to be able to walk again, officials said Friday.
The No. 3 House Republican remains in intensive care and is likely to stay hospitalized for weeks. He will need additional operations, possibly in the coming days.
"The congressman’s status remains critical. We are encouraged by improvement in his condition over the last 36 hours. We have controlled the internal bleeding and his vital signs have stabilized," said Dr. Jack Sava, director of trauma at Washington MedStar Hospital Center, briefing reporters.
"An excellent recovery is a good possibility."
The Republican baseball team was practicing early Wednesday ahead of an annual charity game when a gunman who had ranted against President Trump opened fire wounding Scalise and others in the ball field outside Washington.
Witnesses said the shooting would have been a "massacre" if not for the Capitol Police officers on duty as part of Scalise's security detail and the gunfight that ensued as local law enforcement arrived.
This article continues at [LA Times] Scalise's condition improves, but more operations and long hospital stay expected