Reeling from shooting, Washington tunes in for Congressional Baseball Game
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 17, 2017,
Jun 17, 2017, 20:33
"The bullet traveled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs, and causing severe bleeding", according to a statement Scalise's office released by MedStar Washington Hospital Center.
Patrick Conroy, Chaplain of the House of Representatives, left, leads both teams in a moment of prayer before the start of the annual Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park on Thursday. The crowd chanted "USA!" Matt Mika, a Tysons Food lobbyist was shot multiple times.
President Donald Trump said in a taped message to the players and spectators that coming together for a ball game a day after a tragedy shows "the world that we will not be intimidated by assaults. on our democracy".
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.
"We have controlled his internal bleeding and his vital signs have stabilised", the surgeon reported, adding that he will require additional surgeries to manage abdominal and bone injuries.
Update: The total is in, and Thursday's game raked in an incredible $1.5 million for charity. Members of Congress and the event's organizers chose to continue with the game anyways.
"I'm prayerful he will pull through, and I hope he does", Democrat Cedric Richmond said.
"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.
It is one of the most anticipated events of summer at the Capitol, with Democrats and Republicans splitting the 79 games that have been played over the years 39-39, with one tie.
Mr Scalise remains in a critical condition after undergoing several operations, though word came from the hospital during the game that he had improved. This is something they've been doing now for more than one hundred years.
Capitol Police Officer Crystal Griner also remains at the MedStar Washington hospital after sustaining a gunshot wound to her ankle, but is in "good condition and good spirits" the hospital said.
The president, whose administration has been dogged by allegations of ties between his 2016 campaign and Russian Federation, later wrote two tweets suggesting that Democrat Hillary Clinton, whom he defeated in last November's election, should be under investigation instead of him. "It's bipartisan, it's a charity, for crying out loud, it's in Washington D.C., we'll be able to honor Scalise and those others who have hurt".
"We may have our differences, but we do well, in times like these, to remember that everyone who serves in our nation's capital is here because, above all, they love our country", he said.