Steve Scalise In Critical Condition After Virginia Shooting — Emergency Surgery
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 16, 2017,
Jun 16, 2017, 2:47
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, 51, was listed as "critical" Wednesday night after being shot along with several other victims at a Congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, Wednesday morning.
Trump praised the police who brought down the gunman and called on Americans to put aside their political differences. All this was being batted around even as Scalise was undergoing surgery at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, where he remained in critical condition at the end of last week.
Senator Bernie Sanders confirmed media reports that 66-year-old IL man James T Hodgkinson was the assailant and had apparently volunteered on his presidential campaign last year.
"He entered the room, spoke with Scalise's family, and sat by his bedside with Mrs. Trump", Spicer said. "Their sacrifice makes democracy possible".
A congressional source says the injured include two Capitol Hill police officers, the gunman and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, a Republican from Louisiana. Leaders in Washington have called for solidarity following the shooting, with House Speaker Paul Ryan saying "an attack on one of us, is an attack on all of us", and declaring that Congress was united in its response to the attack.
"These town halls, we go out in front of a thousand people screaming and all it takes is one person off the reservation and you're in trouble", he said. On Thursday House proceedings were to resume as usual, and lawmakers were returning to the Capitol in search of some semblance of normalcy.
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump paid a visit Wednesday evening to Scalise in the hospital. "Americans should be able to play baseball and dance in a nightclub or attend religious services without the fear of being gunned down".
Daniel Blair, a physics professor from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., tweeted that he hopes Scalise will rethink his A+ rating from the National Rifle Association (NRA) following the shooting. They were in good spirits despite the heat and humidity as they prepared for the congressional baseball match that pits Republicans against Democrats.
However, it's "too early to tell" if Republican members of congress were targeted by the gunman, Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Tim Slater said at a press conference. Democratic former Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille said he had spoken often with the man on recent mornings at the nearby YMCA. He repeatedly took to Facebook to post anti-Trump rhetoric.
Scalise was fielding balls on second base when he was shot, according to lawmakers present, then dragged himself into the outfield to get away from the gunman.
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, who was at the scene of the shooting, said reports of 50 shots being fired "would be an understatement".
"We stand up to this kind of conduct, we push it aside and we move forward", Brooks said.
To be sure, Trump's presidency has also prompted intense criticism from Democrats, who have excoriated him as incompetent and unqualified.
"As far as winning and losing, I think that's far from anybody's mind right now", Flake said.
"We believe the shooter has been living out of his vehicle in the vicinity of East Monroe", said Timothy Slater, FBI special agent in charge.
Capitol Police officers David Bailey and Crystal Griner are credited with running to fire and averting a massacre yesterday. Her injuries forced her to retire and led to stricter security at public events hosted by lawmakers in their home districts.