Scalise Still in Critical Condition But Vitals are Stabilized

Doctors say Republican Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana remains in critical condition at a Washington hospital but is improving.

MedStar Washington Hospital Center Director of Trauma Dr. Jack Sava leaves a news conference in Washington, Friday, June 16, 2017, about the condition of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La. who was shot in Alexandria, Va., Wednesday, June 14, 2017, during a congressional baseball practice.

Scalise had been at "imminent risk of death" when he was first brought into the hospital on Wednesday, and he received many units of transfused blood, the doctor said.

The occasion was the annual congressional baseball charity game between the Democrats and Republicans at Nationals Park, a day after and a short distance from the practice field in Arlington, Virginia, where Scalise and four others were struck by a gunman's raining bullets.

Scalise was shot in the hip, and sustained grievous injuries as the bullet traveled through his pelvis and injured internal organs.

Mr Scalise, who has had two surgeries, will need additional operations and will be in the hospital for "a considerable period of time, presumably weeks", Dr Sava said.

More on this as it develops.

Trump visited Scalise's hospital just hours after the congressman was shot while practicing for the Congressional Baseball Game on Wednesday.

The Louisiana Republican was shot in the hip Wednesday morning in the baseball practice shooting by an IL man with grudges against President Donald Trump and the GOP.

A Republican supporter holds up a sign supporting US House Majority Whip Steve Scalise. A relative said Friday morning that his condition at George Washington University Hospital had been upgraded from critical to serious. A baseball game, with deep roots back to 1909, became a patriotic symbol of bipartisan hope and unity.

Sue Hodgkinson told reporters outside her IL home Thursday that she was busy with her job and didn't know a lot about what her husband, 66-year-old James Hodgkinson, did between January and March. On Thursday, Scalise, the House majority whip, had another operation to fix a bone in his leg.

"So we all owe Steve a big, big thank you", the president said.

Mika, a MI native, was one of five people shot when a gunman opened fire Wednesday as the Republican team practiced in Alexandria, Virginia.

Before the event, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi told reporters, "Tonight we will go to the game, play our hardest, but we will all be Team Scalise".

Another Capitol Police officer, David Bailey, who was hit by shrapnel, and a congressional aide, Zach Barth, who was shot, were previously treated and released from a hospital.

A congressional staffer and lobbyist were also shot, and another congressman and police officer suffered injuries.

  • Salvatore Jensen