Congressman Shot Is Still in Critical Condition But 'Excellent Recovery' Possible

Caroline Beck
June 17, 2017

The Louisiana Republican was shot in the hip Wednesday morning in the baseball practice shooting by an IL man with grudges against President Donald Trump and the GOP. The congressman's vital signs have stabilized and his internal bleeding is under control, according to the doctor, who said Scalise's physicians were "encouraged" by his progress but remained cautious.

"The congressman's status remains critical", Jack Sava, director of trauma at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Sava says Scalise has responded to family members while he's still under sedation. Scalise, who was shot in the hip, is now out of surgery.

Scalise was shot by a rifle in the pelvis, and the bullet fractured bones, injured internal organs and caused severe bleeding, according to an update from the hospital now treating him.

"We have no intention to remove all bullet fragments at this point", he said, noting that is common because finding and removing that many fragments is more risky than leaving them inside the body. Capitol police officers were also seriously injured along with a current and former congressional aide.

The president says that because of the "tremendous pain and suffering he's now enduring. our country will perhaps become closer, more unified".

The president's meaning was unclear as he made the comments at an event on Cuba policy in Miami.

Scalise had been at "imminent risk of death" when he was first brought into the hospital on Wednesday, and he received many units of transfused blood, Sava said.

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Investigators said Hodgkinson had obtained his rifle and handgun from licensed firearms dealers, and Capitol Police said they had "no evidence to suggest that the purchases were not lawful".

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.

Scalise remains in critical condition on Thursday, and President Donald Trump said "he's in some trouble" as Scalise entered into his third surgery. More than twice the usual number of tickets were sold amid an outpouring of support for House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana, who was critically wounded, and three others injured in the attack.

"I know that he would want the game to be played", said Richmond.

The charities benefiting from the game are the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington, Washington Literacy Center, the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation and, after Wednesday's shooting, the Capitol Police Memorial Fund, the AP said.

"It'll sure be a different game without him there", said Representative Cedric Richmond, the starting pitcher for the Democratic team and a longtime friend of Scalise from their days as political adversaries in the Louisiana state legislature.

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