Scalise on road to recovery: Ryan

2017-06-22 07:15
File picture of Steve Scalise. (Alex Brandon, AP)

File picture of Steve Scalise. (Alex Brandon, AP)

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Washington - US House Speaker Paul Ryan says Steve Scalise is on the road  to recovery but the process will take some time.

Scalise, 51, was seriously injured at a Republican baseball practice last week.

Ryan made the comments to reporters as Members of the House were wearing purple-and-gold fleur-de-lis lapel stickers, a familiar symbol in Louisiana — Republican Scalise's home state.

The Majority Whip remains in hospital after the gunman opened fire and hit Scalise in the hip.  The bullet shattered blood vessels, bones and internal organs along the way. Doctors said he had arrived at the hospital last week on the brink of death.

The FBI says the gunman acted alone.  Four others were also injured.

Tim Slater, the special agent in charge of the Washington FBI office, said during a news conference on Wednesday that the gunman, James T  Hodgkinson did not have any ties to terrorism.

Scalise and other congressional Republicans were practicing for their annual charity baseball game against Democrats when Hodgkinson  started shooting.

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