House Majority Whip Steve Scalise is no longer in critical condition following the latest in a series of surgeries treating him for a gunshot wound.
"Congressman Steve Scalise is in serious condition," the Louisiana Republican's family said in statement released through the hospital. "He underwent another surgery today, but continues to show signs of improvement."
Scalise was shot through the hip Wednesday in an attack on a group of congressional Republicans who were preparing for a bipartisan charity baseball game. The wound left him in critical condition, having suffered damage to internal organs and heavy blood loss, but doctors expressed optimism about his condition Friday.
"He is more responsive, and is speaking with his loved ones," the Saturday statement continued. "The Scalise family greatly appreciates the outpouring of thoughts and prayers."
The shooting was carried out by a liberal activist with a history of domestic violence who, according to reports, was carrying a list of names of Republican lawmakers when he opened fire. The attacker, James T. Hodgkinson, died of wounds inflicted by Scalise's security team, which intervened to protect the lawmakers and staff.
The shooting put Scalise in "imminent risk of death," according to doctors. "I feel a lot more confident and a lot more optimistic than I did two or three days ago," Dr. Jack Sava, director of trauma at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, said Friday.
Scalise's upgrade comes on the same day that the family of Matt Mika, a former Republican staffer whom Hodgkinson shot in the chest, announced that he is expected to make "a full recovery" from his injuries.
"Matt will remain in ICU through at least this weekend," the Mika family said Saturday. "He continues to communicate with us through notes, and even signed the game ball for the Congressional Baseball Game."