Scalise still critical but improving after surgery

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) has undergone several operations and remains in critical condition nearly two days after he was shot in the hip by a gunman who opened fire on Republican lawmakers and staffers practicing for a charity baseball game. MedStar Washington Hospital Center said Scalise was improving but needed more surgery “related to his internal injuries and a broken bone in his leg” and will stay in the hospital for “some time.” His recovery will be “much more difficult” than initially thought, President Trump said Thursday as the House resumed business in a somber state after the attack, which left Scalise, two Capitol Police officers, a congressional staffer, and a lobbyist injured. The alleged gunman, a vocal Trump critic named James Hodgkinson, was killed in a shootout with the officers, who were on Scalise’s security detail. The FBI is investigating Hodgkinson’s political activities and social media posts in an attempt to determine his motives and how he planned the attack.

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