Scalise to Begin Rehab for Gunshot Wound

House majority whip discharged from hospital Tuesday, six weeks after shooting

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise spent six weeks in the hospital after sustaining a life-threatening gun-shot wound to the hip. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise spent six weeks in the hospital after sustaining a life-threatening gun-shot wound to the hip. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Posted July 26, 2017 at 12:47pm

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise is set to begin “intensive inpatient rehabilitation” six weeks after he was shot in the hip during a congressional baseball practice in Virginia.

The Louisiana Republican, who sustained a life-threatening single rifle shot to the left hip, was discharged from MedStar Washington Hospital Center on Tuesday, the hospital said in a statement.

“He is in good spirits and is looking forward to his return to work once he completes rehabilitation,” the statement read.

Scalise has been in the hospital since June 14 when a gunman opened fire on Republicans practicing in Alexandria, Virginia, for the Congressional Baseball Game.

He’s undergone five surgeries since being admitted.

The majority whip was one of five people injured in the incident but the only congressman who was shot. Two officers in his Capitol Police detail, who shot and killed the gunman, were also injured.

Scalise called in from the hospital to the weekly whip meeting Monday. He was patched in “to thank the whips for their hard work and let them know he is looking forward to working through the rehab process and returning to the Capitol once he is ready,” a spokeswoman said.

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