On January 8, 2011, a man later diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia entered a supermarket parking lot and shot 19 people during a constituent meeting for Democratic Rep. Gabby Giffords, whom he shot in the head at point-blank range and whose medical condition was immediately described as “critical.” Giffords spent approximately six months in the hospital undergoing many serious procedures, but ultimately recovered. Six other people shot in the massacre died. Although initial reports queried whether the shooter had political motives and prosecutors filed assassination charges against him, during the subsequent trial he was found to be, quite simply, a madman.
On June 15, 2017, a man who had volunteered for Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign entered a baseball field where Republican members of Congress were practicing for a bipartisan charity game. He shot four people, including Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise, whose medical condition was also immediately described as “critical.” Police officers on the scene immediately engaged and, after a ten-minute shootout, killed the shooter.
Wednesday, Scalise was upgraded to “fair” condition after massive blood transfusions to combat hemmorhaging and a series of surgeries. His medical team says he will need more surgeries and a long period of rehabilitation.