U.S. Congressman Steve Scalise (R – LA) returned to the House of Representatives Thursday for the first time since being shot in an attack on June 14 just outside Washington.
“I’m back,” the House Majority Whip tweeted months after sustaining life-threatening injuries.
Scalise was greeted with an extended round of applause from colleagues as he slowly walked into the House chamber with the aid of two forearm crutches.
The congressman’s office said he would speak on the House floor and cast votes in his first public appearance since the shooting in Alexandria, Virginia just south of the nation’s capitol.
The Republican lawmaker told CBS’s “60 Minutes” recently that one bullet from a high-powered rifle shattered his femur and damaged his hip and pelvis. He also suffered damage to a number of internal organs and underwent numerous surgeries. He said doctors “did a phenomenal job of rebuilding …Humpty Dumpty,” adding “They put me back together again.”
Sixty-six-year-old James Hodgkinson opened fire during a Republican practice for the Congressional Baseball Game, an annual bi-partisan charitable event. Scalise was so severely injured that doctors said he was at “imminent risk of death” when he arrived at the hospital.
Three other people were shot and two others suffered other injuries.
Hodgkinson, a small business owner from the midwestern state of Illinois, was shot by police at the scene of the attack and died from his wounds.
The police investigation revealed Hodgkinson had purposely targeted Republican lawmakers.
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