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US Congressman Scalise Back in Intensive Care

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FILE - House Majority Whip Steve Scalise talks briefly with journalists Trump Tower in New York, Dec. 12, 2016. The congressman has been moved back into intensive care. (R. Taylor/VOA)

A congressman seriously wounded by a gunman while practicing for a baseball game in June has been moved back into intensive care due to an infection, according to the hospital that has been treating him.

Rep. Steve Scalise, a Republican from Louisiana and the House Majority Whip, was shot in the hip when a gunman attacked a group of Republican members of Congress on June 14.

Supporters of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., hold signs before the congressional baseball game, June 15, 2017, in Washington. The annual GOP-Democrats baseball game raises money for charity.
Supporters of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., hold signs before the congressional baseball game, June 15, 2017, in Washington. The annual GOP-Democrats baseball game raises money for charity.


Also injured were congressional aide Zachary Barth, Capitol Police special agents Crystal Griner and David Bailey as well as Tyson Foods lobbyist Matt Mika.

Scalise was shot only once, but the bullet from the high-powered-rifle traveled from his left hip across his pelvis and shattered when it struck bone. He also suffered damage to a number of internal organs, which doctors have declined to discuss in detail. In the days following the shooting, Scalise was in critical condition, on the brink of death and faced numerous surgeries.

Law enforcement officers investigate the scene of a shooting near a baseball field in Alexandria, Va., June 14, 2017, where House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La. was shot at a Congressional baseball practice.
Law enforcement officers investigate the scene of a shooting near a baseball field in Alexandria, Va., June 14, 2017, where House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La. was shot at a Congressional baseball practice.

In late June, his condition improved, and he was moved out of intensive care at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington.

The shooter, 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson, was shot by police at the scene of the attack in Alexandria, Virginia, and later died as a result of his wounds.

The police investigation revealed Hodgkinson had purposely targeted Republicans.

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