United States congressman Scalise still in critical condition: Hospital

"As reports spread online that shooting suspect James Hodgkinson had expressed anti-Republican sentiments, some conservative political figures and alt-right news outlets began speculating on whether Wednesday's attack on a GOP congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Va., was connected to left-wing rhetoric against President Donald Trump".

At least six people including Scalise, the third ranking member of House Republican leadership as the majority whip, were hospitalized.

Congressman Steve Scalise's wife, Jennifer, said the "heroism" of two Capitol Police officers "saved the lives of everyone" targeted by a gunman in the attack Wednesday (June 14) that left her husband and three others shot outside Washington, D.C.

His doctors indicated Scalise suffered internal wounds and fractured bones, and was due for additional surgery.

Scalise was fielding balls at second base when he was hit in the hip, and sustained grievous injuries as the bullet traveled through his abdomen and injured internal organs.

Trump made an unannounced visit - with first lady Melania Trump and White House physician Ronny Jackson - to the hospital late Wednesday after Scalise's first surgery.

The morning after visiting Scalise in the hospital, Trump said the congressman's challenges are "more difficult" than first thought. "He's in some trouble" Trump said, adding grimly: "He's going to be OK - we hope".

"Steve, in his own way, may have brought some unity to our long divided county". "In more recent years, I have been praying ... for our safety", said Pelosi.

While at the hospital, I also visited with Special Agent Crystal Griner - terrific young woman - of the Capitol Police, and her family.

"The members of Congress, the staff and the volunteers who were out at practice this morning care deeply about the causes they play to benefit", game organizers said in a statement released Wednesday.

However, Collins said while it is "extraordinarily safe" within the walls of the Capital compound, it's more unsafe when they are out and about in their own districts.

One of the Capitol Police officers, David Bailey, who was hailed as a hero for the way he helped to subdue the gunman, appeared on crutches.

The annual congressional baseball game in Washington has been hailed as a rare and welcome moment of unity among lawmakers of both major parties.

"How dare they say such a thing?"

Sava said Friday that there are hundreds of bullet fragments in Scalise's body, but "we have no intention to try and remove all the bullet fragments at this point".

Five people were injured, including MI native Matt Mika and U.S. Rep Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, who remain in critical condition.

The House used a voice vote Thursday to approve a resolution lauding the Capitol Police for protecting lawmakers and stating that "violence has no place" in society. "He has received multiple units of blood transfusion".

  • Larry Hoffman