The Republican congressman who was shot by an armed madman during a baseball practice four months ago said he’s still amazed that he survived his injuries.
“It’s a miracle,” Rep. Steve Scalise told “60 Minutes” in his first interview since the shooting. “If you would have said at the end of this, the only person that would be dead would be the shooter, nobody would believe it.”sca
Scalise was shot in the hip – shattering his femur and damaging his pelvis – during a practice with fellow House Republicans at a Virginia field in the run-up to an annual congressional baseball game.
He said, after he was shot, he had no clue how life-threatening his injuries truly were. His body went numb and his thoughts turned to his God and his daughter.
“I prayed, ‘God, please don’t let my daughter have to walk up the aisle alone,’” he said.
Scalise’s surgeon told “60 Minutes” that he lost a tremendous amount of blood.
“When he left the trauma unit, he did not have a blood pressure that anybody could find,” Dr. Jack Sava said. “So that’s obviously sort of hovering on the border between life and death.”
Scalise returned to Congress this past week to a standing ovation from Democrats and Republicans.
The shooter, 60-year-old James Hodgkinson, had previously written anti-Republican screeds on social media before the shooting. He was killed at the baseball field in a shootout with local police and Scalise’s security detail.