U.S. congressman Scalise still in critical condition: Hospital

Elias Hubbard
June 19, 2017

Doctors gave an update on the condition of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) Friday, saying he is still in critical condition from being shot on Wednesday.

Members of the Republican team pray before the Democrats and Republicans face off in the annual Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park in Washington, U.S., June 15, 2017. That's why Democrats' and Republicans' decision to go ahead with their baseball game was so welcome.

While the original plan to honor Scalise, organized by the office of Kansas Rep. Roger Marshall, included purchasing LSU t-shirts for members of the congressional baseball teams to wear at the game, the order did not ship in time, according to a tweet from Marshall's press secretary Eric Pahls. He has required surgery several times since the shooting.

GOP Representative Steven Scalise was one of the people shot.

So far, investigators have not linked Hodgkinson to any radical groups, said a law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity. The person did not disclose the names, but said those listed had been briefed.

"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.

Sava declined to put a timeline on when that would happen or when Scalise, 51, would be able to leave the hospital.

The rifle blast to Scalise's left hip, as he stood near second base, caused "substantial damage" to bones, internal organs and blood vessels.

In addition to Scalise, a police officer, a congressional aide and a lobbyist were shot on Wednesday morning when a man opened fire as the Republican lawmakers practiced for the game in the Washington suburb of Alexandria, Va.

Scalise probably has hundreds of bullet fragments in his body, and doctors don't plan to remove them because usually there is more risk than benefit in doing so, Sava said.

President Trump is not planning to attend the game because of security concerns, the White House said Wednesday.

President Donald Trump visited Scalise at the hospital Wednesday night and later said in a speech, "He's a great fighter and he's going to be OK, we hope".

Close friends say they are confident Scalise will pull through.

Major League Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr., offered his thoughts and prayers after the shooting and endorsed the decision to play ball.

Later, the crowd burst into applause as Capitol Police Officer David Bailey - who was injured as he pursued the shooter - hobbled to the mound on crutches and tossed the ceremonial first pitch. Bailey, Barth, and Williams have been treated and released.

Meanwhile, the other victims, including Capitol Police officer Crystal Griner, are expected to recover.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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