Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise’s condition has been upgraded from critical to serious, PEOPLE confirms, as friends, family and colleagues continue to rally around him after he was shot and wounded last week during baseball practice.
“Doctors are happy with the progress he’s made,” Scalise’s press secretary, Lauren Fine, tells PEOPLE. “But his doctors said he will be in the hospital for some time.”
Scalise, (R-La.) the third-ranking GOP leader in the House, was one of four people shot when a gunman opened fire early Wednesday morning while the Republican team practiced in Alexandria, Virginia, for the annual bipartisan Congressional Baseball Game.
When Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) found out that his close friend and colleague was among those who had been shot, “I just didn’t think it could be real,” he tells PEOPLE.
“There were other members there that morning who were shot at who are lucky and blessed to be alive,” he says. “A lot of folks have been affected by this. It’s shaken everyone up in a serious way.”