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Steve Scalise Released From Hospital

| by Robert Fowler

Republican House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana has been transferred from the hospital to a rehabilitation facility. The member of Congress was in critical condition after being shot by a lone gunman. He spent a month in the hospital.

On July 25, Scalise was discharged from the MedStar Washington Hospital Center. The Louisiana lawmaker was transferred to a different facility to receive intensive inpatient rehabilitation.

"Congressman Steve Scalise has made excellent progress in his recovery from a life-threatening gunshot wound six weeks ago," the hospital said in a statement, according to Fox News.

"He and his family are grateful for the care he received from the trauma team as well as the other doctors, nurses, and staff of MedStar Washington Hospital Center," the hospital added. "The family also appreciates the outpouring of support during this time."

On June 14, 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson of Illinois attacked several GOP lawmakers and their aides during their practice baseball game in Alexandria, Virginia. The gunman fired off roughly 50 rounds, shooting Scalise and three others. Scalise was shot through the hip and dragged his body across the field, according to The Washington Post.

Congressional aide Zach Barth, lobbyist Matt Mika and Capitol Police Officer Crystal Griner were also shot during the attack. Capitol Police Officer David Bailey and GOP Rep. Roger Williams of Texas sustained injuries on the scene but not from gunfire.

Hodgkinson was shot and killed by law enforcement on the scene. Scalise was rushed to the hospital for surgery. He had fractured bones, damaged organs and blood loss.

On June 23, Scalise's condition was upgraded from critical to fair. On July 6, he returned to intensive care and underwent surgery for an infection related to his shooting injury, Business Insider reports.

"He remains in serious condition," the hospital stated at the time. "We will provide updates as appropriate."

Scalise's condition was upgraded to fair on July 13, and he was transferred out of the ICU.

On July 24, Scalise surprised his House colleagues with an impromptu phone call during a Republican meeting. The Louisiana lawmaker told House Republicans his condition had improved and that he would begin rehabilitation. He also expressed gratitude to Griner and Bailey for shooting Hodgkinson during the attack, Politico reports.

Scalise was elected to office in 2008. In November 2016, he was re-elected by 75 percent of the vote in his district, reports NPR.

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