Shot US congressman still 'critical' but improving: doctor
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 17, 2017,
Jun 17, 2017, 8:36
Scalise was shot Wednesday morning as a gunman sprayed bullets into a GOP congressional baseball practice.
"It's been much more hard than people even thought at the time", Trump said. Many members of the congressional GOP baseball team were huddled in a dugout while Capitol police - who were part of Scalise's security detail - and local Alexandria police engaged in a shootout with Hodgkinson.
The game Thursday, a Washington tradition since 1909 in which Republicans and play Democrats, went on Thursday evening at Nationals Stadium, home of the city's major league baseball team.
So far, investigators have not linked Hodgkinson to any radical groups, said a law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly.
Scalise was shot in the hip, with the bullet tearing through his pelvis and injuring internal organs.
Despite the hospital's comment about Scalise's progress, "critical condition" is still defined by the American Hospital Association as a state in which vital signs are unstable and in which "indicators are unfavorable".
Doctors operated immediately, but additional surgery is required, the hospital said.
For the second consecutive day, the Louisiana lawmaker continued to fight for his life and authorities continued to investigate the shooting - and the nation braced for every update.
"I had no idea this was going to happen and I don't know what to say about it".
Trump visited Griner and Bailey at the same D.C. hospital and later told reporters, "they ran right into the fire". "That is the source of unity, and more than ever, we must embrace it", the president said.