Trump says Congressman Scalise 'in some trouble' after shooting

Elias Hubbard
June 19, 2017

Democrats eventually won the game 11-2.

Before the event, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said: "Tonight we will go to the game, play our hardest, but we will all be Team Scalise".

Like Scalise, Richmond was practicing baseball at another location with Democrat teammates for the Congressional charity game when Hodgkinson opened fire at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park.

(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File). In a statement released Thursday morning, his family said Mika was shot in the chest and arm and suffered massive trauma, the Detroit News reports.

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents continue to search for evidence on the baseball field in Alexandria, Va., Thursday, June 15, 2017, the day after House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La. was shot during during a congressional baseball practice.

Scalise, the third-ranking Republican in the House, was seriously wounded when a gunman opened fire on him during a practice at a suburban Virginia baseball field for Thursday's annual congressional ballgame between Republicans and Democrats.

"He was in critical condition with an imminent risk of death", Dr. Jack Sava said Friday, adding that doctors have been encouraged by his progress. He then had another procedure in radiology and as today remains in the ICU. He has been sedated, but has been brought out of sedation periodically and been able to recognize and communicate with his family, Sava said.

Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., said he was physically attacked at a town hall event several weeks back. Infection also is a risk, especially if the intestines were perforated.

Colleagues said Scalise, who had been fielding balls at second base, dragged himself away from the infield, leaving a trail of blood before they rushed to his assistance. By the time he arrived after being airlifted to the hospital, he was in shock.

Before the shooting, Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., said he had asked Ryan about increasing budgets for members' offices so they can pay for more security. He's been undergoing repeat surgeries.

Scalise will need more operations for his injuries, but doctors can't yet predict how many are necessary.

David Bailey, a Capitol Hill police officer who was part of Scalise's security detail and helped bring down the shooter, also was injured in the Wednesday incident but had recovered enough to throw the game's ceremonial first pitch. The rifle blast left possibly hundreds of bullet fragments that the doctor said will not likely be removed.

The investigation is continuing, but it appears from his social-media postings and accounts from people who knew him that Hodgkinson had strong feelings against President Donald Trump. "The Scalise family greatly appreciates the outpouring of thoughts and prayers", the hospital wrote, "on behalf of the Scalise family".

The FBI said it had processed a white conversion van owned by Hodgkinson, which was parked at the YMCA adjacent to where the shooting happened.

Hodgkinson contacted both of his state's Democratic senators frequently, always through email links on their websites, spokesmen said Friday. Two Capitol Police officers sustained relatively minor injuries.

Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-N.J., is among lawmakers who have received death threats in recent months.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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