Play ball! GOP, Dems to battle as 1 _ Team Scalise

Lawrence Kim
June 19, 2017

Republicans and Democrats play one another in annual event, which raises funds for charity.

Congressman Steve Scalise's doctor said he was at death's door when he arrived at the hospital after being shot in the hip Wednesday morning, but has significantly improved over the past two days. Capitol Police Officer Crystal Griner, who was shot in the ankle, is also at Medstar Washington Hospital Center.

(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File).

The wife of wounded GOP congressman Steve Scalise says she is thankful for all the prayers and warm wishes her family has received since her husband was shot at a baseball practice.

The shooting at a republican congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia is hitting a southern IL congressman hard. Because the bullet shattered, there may be hundreds of fragments in Scalise's body and doctors do not intend to try to remove them all, Sava said.

The bleeding was what put Scalise in the most imminent danger. A relative said Friday morning that his condition at George Washington University Hospital had been upgraded from critical to serious.

Scalise, 51, the No. 3 House Republican leader, was first elected in 2008.

Since then, the lawmaker has undergone multiple surgeries and procedures to stop the bleeding and fix bone. Sava says Scalise has responded to family members while he's still under sedation.

Once out of the woods, Hunt said Scalise will have a long road to recovery. Infection also is a risk, especially if the intestines were perforated. In the immediate aftermath Wednesday the extent of his injuries was not widely known. "The system is formed to promote and move to compromise", Shimkus said.

Damage from a bullet occurs when it's traveling.

"We will not give in to fear, violence or hate", Aguilar said.

Sava said that after being released from the hospital, Scalise "will require a period of healing and rehabilitation".

"Nothing pulls people together like teamwork", said DeSantis' colleague from the Democratic team, Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., who will be playing second base.

Sava said Scalise would need to undergo an additional operation within the next 48 hours and more beyond that.

Sava later told The Associated Press that Scalise's care is on track for someone with such a severe injury but that he still faces many risks to recovery.

Hodgkinson, a Belleville, Illinois, home inspector who had been living out of his van near the park, had a social media page filled with criticism of Republicans and the Trump administration.

Investigators studying Wednesday's attack at a suburban Virginia park said shooter James Hodgkinson had obtained his rifle and handgun from licensed firearms dealers.

"It's been much more hard than people even thought at the time", Trump said.

"So we all owe Steve a big, big thank you", Trump added.

House Speaker Paul Ryan has paid a visit to wounded Majority Whip Steve Scalise at the hospital.

So far, investigators have not linked Hodgkinson to any radical groups, said a law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly. He declined to describe specific internal injuries.

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