Scalise transferred out of ICU after congressional shooting

Staff at the Medstar Washington Hospital Center transferred Rep. Steve Scalise out of intensive care last week — nine days after a 7.62mm round tore through his left hip, leaving the House majority whip in grave condition.

“Congressman Steve Scalise’s continued good progress allowed him to be transferred out of the Intensive Care Unit on Thursday (June 22),” the hospital said Friday. “He remains in fair condition as he continues an extended period of healing and rehabilitation.”

Scalise and four others were shot June 14 at a baseball field in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia, about 10 miles outside of the capitol.

The congressman and about two dozen other Republican lawmakers and staffers had gathered that morning for one last practice ahead of the annual charity Congressional Baseball Game scheduled the following day when a deranged gunman opened fire on the field, striking Scalise, Special Agents Crystal Griner and David Bailey, Republican aide Zach Barth and Tyson Foods lobbyist Matt Mika.

The shooter, 66-year-old James Hodgkinson, died later the same day at a D.C.-area hospital after a shootout with Griner, Bailey and the Alexandria Police Department.

The officers, Barth and Mike have all been released from the hospital since the shooting.

Scalise, who underwent three surgeries to stop internal bleeding and repair damage to organs and shattered bones, was upgraded to fair condition Thursday ahead of his transfer out of the ICU.