Congressional Baseball Game carries on, one day after shooting
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 18, 2017,
Jun 18, 2017, 15:02
U.S. Representative Steve Scalise remained in critical condition on Friday, a hospital spokeswoman, after he was shot by a gunman earlier in the week who opened fire on Republican lawmakers practicing for a baseball game.
The alleged gunman, James Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois, died shortly after the incident following a shoot out with police.
As for rehabilitation, Sava said he believed Scalise will be "able to walk and hopefully run" in the future. Capitol Police say she is in good condition and did not sustain any life-threatening injuries.
Crystal Griner, one of the responding Capitol Police Officers, was shot in the ankle.
Doctor Sava described Scalise's shot to his left hip as a devastating "trans-pelvic gunshot wound" from a high-velocity rifle.
Trump, who visited Scalise at the hospital on Wednesday, said the congressman was "in some trouble but he's going to be okay, we hope". He has been sedated, but has been brought out of sedation periodically and been able to recognise and communicate with his family, Sava said. Because the bullet shattered, there may be hundreds of fragments in Mr Scalise's body and doctors do not intend to try to remove them all, Dr Sava said. "We love you", congressman John Lewis, representing Georgia, said of Mr Scalise's critical condition.
A huge ovation came from the crowd, which swelled to a record 24,959, when Special Agent David Bailey, one of the Capitol Police officers injured in the attack on Republicans at their ball practice in Virginia, threw out the first pitch. He will need additional operations, possibly in the coming days.
"Our family asks that you continue to pray for Steve, Matt Mika, Zach Barth, and all of those hurt in this attack, and keep them in your thoughts as they face recovery".
The annual congressional baseball game in Washington has been hailed as a rare and welcome moment of unity among lawmakers of both major parties.
The two team managers, Republican Representative Joe Barton and Democratic Representative Mike Doyle, both vowed that their squads would win the charity game.