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The Facts

  • On 5 July, Rep. Steve Scalise (Louisiana), the House majority whip, was readmitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at MedStar Washington Hospital Center “due to new concerns for infection.”
    • According to the statements released by the hospital and his office, “his condition is listed as serious.”
  • On 6 July at 5:50 p.m. (EDT), the hospital released the following update on Scalise’s condition:

“Congressman Steve Scalise underwent surgery for the management of infection. He tolerated the procedure well. He remains in serious condition. We will provide updates as appropriate.”

The Context

“[The bullet] traveled directly across towards the other hip, in what we call a ‘transpelvic gunshot wound.’ The round fragmented and did substantial damage to bones, internal organs, and blood vessels.”

  • At least five were wounded in the attack — including Scalise, two Capitol Police officers, and two others.
  • Law enforcement officials identified the suspected shooter as James Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old man from Illinois.
    • Hodgkinson was shot dead by police at the scene.
  • The hospital released a statement that day describing Scalise’s injuries:

“Congressman Steve Scalise sustained a single rifle shot to the left hip. The bullet traveled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs, and causing severe bleeding.”

  • The hospital described his condition as “critical” after Scalise underwent surgery and received a blood transfusion.
  • On 21 June, the hospital announced that Scalise was “in fair condition and is beginning an extended period of healing and rehabilitation.”


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Elizabeth Rhodes contributed to this report.

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