Rivals 'all Team Scalise' as political baseball clash honours shot Republican
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 17, 2017,
Jun 17, 2017, 22:04
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana, second from left, arrives for a Special GOP Leadership Election on Capitol Hill in Washington on November 15, 2016.
Scalise was shot in the hip, and sustained grievous injuries as the bullet traveled through his pelvis and injured internal organs.
Sava told reporters that predicting Scalise's length of hospital stay was "difficult", but said it would be for a "considerable" amount of time, "presumably weeks". His condition is critical, and he will require additional operations.
"At the request of the family, we will continue to provide periodic updates", the statement concludes.
Scalise has remained under sedation, although doctors have lightened the medication at times so that the congressman can communicate with relatives.
From the stands, Vince Wetzel, a resident of Sacramento, California, said: "It's just a good call to put aside political differences and just play some baseball". He was shot by Capitol Police and died of his injuries.
"Most of us would not even think to consider that a benign wound", Sava said.
Leaders decided the game would go on as scheduled at Nationals Park in Washington, home of the city's professional baseball team, and the Democrats won, 11 to 2.
Sava said that after being released from the hospital, Scalise "will require a period of healing and rehabilitation".
"Many lives would have been lost if not for the heroic actions of the two Capitol Police officers who took down the gunman despite sustaining gunshot wounds during a very, very brutal assault", President Donald Trump said of Griner and Bailey.
A congressional aide, a lobbyist and one police officer were also shot before police killed the gunman.
"So we all owe Steve a big, big thank you", the president said.
"That was tough for me", Duncan said.
With a crutch in one hand and a baseball in the other, David Bailey was a symbol of resilience on Thursday night.
The motive for the shooting remained unclear but authorities were zeroing in on the life of James T. Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old man from IL, in the months and weeks before Wednesday morning's shooting.