Supporters of Dr. David Warner, the WSU instructor beaten by several individuals on March 30, report he is awake and sitting up.
On the Facebook page created to support him with his medical bills, Warner's sister, Lisa Warner Askham, confirmed the news of his condition.
"My brother [sic], Dr. David Warner, is awake and sitting up. They are conducting medical assessments. He is very tired, but fully conscious! Miracles happen! Thank you for all of your thoughts, prayers and healing energy!"
Since the news was passed to fans of the "Rally for David Warner" Facebook group, there has been an outpouring of well wishes from a number of the 2,346 fans of the group.
A fundraiser, set up to help offset the costs of his medical bills, has exceeded its initial goal. The group set a goal of $5,000 but so far has raised $17,597.
Warner has been hospitalized in critical condition at Sacred Heart Medical Center since the attack on March 30 in the parking lot of Adams Mall on College Hill.
Pullman Police have been aggressively working to identify the suspects in the attack and have made two arrests so far.
An anonymous tip from western Washington led police to Madeline Fouts, 21, a WSU student from Snohomish. She was interviewed Wednesday morning and subsequently arrested later in the day for rendering criminal assistance and making a false statement to a public servant.
Wednesday evening police confirmed the arrest of a second suspect, WSU student Joshua Nantz. Nantz, 23, faces a charge of first-degree assault.
Police are continuing to track down two other suspects in the attack on Warner.