Rep. Scalise 'better' but still in 'critical condition,' says hospital

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), who was shot on Wednesday as he practiced with other GOP lawmakers for a charity baseball game, will likely remain in the hospital for weeks, Dr. Jack Sava, the director of trauma at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, said Friday. According to the hospital, he sustained a single shot to his left hip, with the bullet traveling across his pelvis causing bone fractures, internal organ injury and severe bleeding.

The crowd started clapping and chanting United States of America after the first pitch was thrown by injured Capitol Police Officer David Bailey, one of the two officers on the congressman's security detail who've been credited with saving his life and potentially many others.

They came from all over the country Thursday night to watch congressmen play a game that they have played for more than 100 years - the congressional baseball game pitting Republicans against Democrats for charity at Washington Nationals Stadium. He also says that Scalise received many units of transfused blood for hemorrhaging. Scalise has been an avid participant in the game since arriving in Congress in 2008.

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".

The gunman, identified by officials as James Hodgkinson, died after the shootout.

A spokesman for George Washington University Hospital said that Matt Mika, a lobbyist wounded in the attack, was improving, and that as of Thursday night his condition had been upgraded from critical to serious.

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

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Although Scalise was able to talk on the ballfield, by the time he was transported by helicopter to the hospital, he was in shock.

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.

Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, who was at Wednesday's practice and gave medical help after the shooting, said it would have "been awful" if the game had been canceled, and said Scalise would want it to go on.

Several lawmakers revealed they had been the subject of threats in their areas, including Republican Representative Martha McSally, whose predecessor Gabby Giffords was shot in 2011, with a number asking for increased protection in the wake of Wednesday's attack.

"They saved a lot of lives", the president said.

As of Thursday afternoon, CrowdRise donations had raised more than $8,000 for the Capitol Police Memorial Fund and the event's other beneficiaries.

  • Leroy Wright