US lawmaker Scalise improving after baseball field shooting

Posted June 17, 2017

"He underwent immediate surgery, and an additional procedure to stop bleeding".

Doctors said that the rifle round that entered his left hip traveled through his body before shattering bones and damaging internal organs and blood vessels. The dead man's social media posts indicated he'd violently opposed President Donald Trump and the policies of his Republican Party.

"We also praise Special agents Crystal Griner and David Bailey of the Capitol Police for their heroic deeds that saved so many lives".

We are especially appreciative of the strong outpouring of love and support from our neighbors, friends, from Louisiana and across the country, as well as from President Trump, Vice President Pence, and all of Steve's colleagues who have reached out to us during this most challenging time.

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

CNN's Manu Raju reported Thursday that Scalise remained in critical condition after coming out of his latest surgery. Republicans and Democrats play one another in annual event, which raises funds for charity.

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. Scalise remains in critical condition but his vital signs have stabilized and doctors have lifted sedation enough for him to respond to family members.

According to sources speaking with The Advocate, Scalise is in critical condition after being shot in the hip, but the wounds are not now putting his life jeopardy.

Lawmakers went ahead with the charity baseball game on Thursday to honor Scalise.

On Thursday, the hospital reiterated that Scalise will need more operations and will be in the hospital "for some time". "He clearly knows that they're there and appreciates their presence", Sava said.

"It's been much more hard than people thought at the time", Trump said about Scalise's recovery.

On Wednesday morning, 66-year-old James Hodgkinson opened fire on participants of the Republican baseball practice, injuring US Scalise and four other individuals.

Following a day that saw most congressional business canceled, the House approved legislation offering health insurance tax credits to some veterans while committees pondered federal land management, cybersecurity and more.

Hodgkinson contacted both of his state's Democratic senators frequently, always through email links on their websites, spokesmen said Friday.

President Trump is not planning to attend the game because of security concerns, the White House said Wednesday.

Trump and his wife Melania visited the hospital Wednesday night. They released photos of guns similar to the handgun and rifle that were used in the attack, which officials have said were purchased legally.

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.