House Majority Whip Steve Scalise returned to Congress last week after spending three and a half months recovering from a gunshot wound sustained from gunman James Hodginson in a crazed attack on Republican lawmakers.
Scalise and his wife Jennifer just sat down with CBS’s 60 Minutes Norah O’Donnell for their first interview since the attack.
During the interview, Scalise described in detail the fateful day of his injury, saying that at the time:
“I knew I was shot. Didn’t know how bad it was. You know, in a weird way, your body kind of goes numb. You know, as bad as the wounds were, and obviously I know now how severe it was. At the time, I guess my body had been shutting down a lot of the real pain. And I was just thinking about what was going on at the moment.”
He later continued:
Scalise: “Well, when I went down, you know, my first instinct was to try to get away from the gunfire. So I started crawling. And you know that’s when my arms gave out.”
O’Donnell: “And then what did you do?”
Scalise: “At that point I just went into prayer. And it gave me a calmness. It was a weird calmness while I’m hearing the gunfire. You know the first thing that came to mind. I prayed, “God, please don’t let my daughter have to walk up the aisle alone.” That was the first thing that came to mind.”
Watch a brief clip of the interview below, and read the transcript here.
It is nothing short of a miracle that Steve Scalise was able to survive that day and walk into Congress three and a half months later. Scalise’s femur was shattered by the bullet, which also caused extreme internal damage. It is so incredible to know this man got to see his family again, and he can still walk his daughter down the aisle.
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