Scalise Still in Critical Condition, Improving After Second Surgery

Lawrence Kim
June 19, 2017

The annual Congressional Baseball Game pits Republicans against Democrats, but this year the focus has turned to showing unity in the wake of the shooting.

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

FILE - In this March 8, 2017 file photo, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Scalise is being treated in the hospital's intensive care unit.

When the members of the Republican team were announced at Nationals Park, mention of Mr Scalise's name drew a standing ovation from the areas designated for Republican, Democrat and nonpartisan fans alike.

He underwent immediate surgery, and an additional procedure to stop bleeding.

Before the game got started, members of Congress held a non-partisan prayer to honor Scalise and the Capitol Police in the middle of the field. Infection also is a risk, especially if the intestines were perforated.

Democrats easily defeated Republicans 11-2 Thursday in the 2017 Congressional Baseball Game, in an annual tradition that took on renewed importance in the wake of Wednesday's shooting at a GOP baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia. The fact that his injuries brought him close to death was not widely known initially. Once it has lodged in bone or muscle, "it's not going to do anything". Numerous players wore Louisiana State University hats in honor of Scalise, a graduate of the school.

"We have exceeded 20,000 in ticket sales", the post said.

Infection remains a considerable risk in the days and weeks during Scalise's extended hospital stay, Sava said.

"He clearly knows they're there and appreciates their presence", Sava said.

Trump, after visiting the Louisiana Republican at the hospital, on Wednesday said Scalise was "in very tough shape - but he is a real fighter".

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The motive for the shooting remained unclear but authorities were zeroing in on the life of James T. Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old man from IL, in the months and weeks before Wednesday morning's shooting. "We are especially appreciative of the strong outpouring of love and support from our neighbors, friends, from Louisiana and across the country, as well as from President Trump, Vice President Pence, and all of Steve's colleagues who have reached out to us during this most challenging time".

Earlier Thursday, President Donald Trump commented on the congressman's condition, saying Scalise was "in some trouble" but that he hoped the congressman would be OK.

"So we all owe Steve a big, big thank you", Trump added. Several people stooped and kneeled down to write well wishes to the wounded.

The FBI said it was investigating the shooter's "activities and social media impressions" in the months leading up to the attack. "How dare they say such a thing", Pelosi said.

Hodgkinson contacted both of his state's Democratic senators frequently, always through email links on their websites, spokesmen said Friday.

Scalise sustained serious injuries as the bullet traveled through his pelvis and injured internal organs.

Ticket sales picked up after Wednesday's shooting, eventually setting an attendance record, the organizers said, as attendees such as Alexander Hilten, 16, of Arlington, Va., made a decision to come to the game for the first time.

"It's been much more hard than people even thought at the time", Trump told reporters at the White House on Thursday, adding he also visited the wounded Capitol Police officer at the hospital.

The doctors said that while Scalise remains in critical condition, they "are encouraged by improvement in his condition".

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