United States congressman Scalise still in critical condition: Hospital

Cheryl Sanders
June 18, 2017

Ticket sales were up at this year's game, and that means more money raised for charity. It's an attack which sent several to the hospital including two Capitol police officers and Congressman Steve Scalise.

Capitol Policeman David Bailey was also wounded.

(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File).

House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise was the only congressman injured in the shooting.

Steve Scalise on Capitol Hill in 2015.

Thursday night's Congressional Baseball game was full of heartfelt moments, a day after a gunman opened fire on a GOP practice field in Arlington, Va.

Scalise probably has hundreds of bullet fragments in his body, and doctors don't plan to remove them because usually there is more risk than benefit in doing so, Sava said. "We have controlled his internal bleeding and his vital signs have stabilized".

On Wednesday, the hospital said "sustained a single rifle shot to the left hip". Sava didn't address what organs were damaged.

In a statement posted to his Twitter account, Mr Scalise was said to be "more responsive, and is speaking with his loved ones".

Scalise was shot Wednesday morning as a gunman sprayed bullets into a GOP congressional baseball practice. He's been sedated since then, the doctor added, "but we've been able to turn that sedation down enough for him to respond to his family members, and he clearly knows that they're there and appreciates their presence".

Once recovered, Scalise will be able to walk and hopefully run, the doctor said.

The players planned to wear some Louisiana State University gear in honor of Scalise, a graduate of the school.

Scalise, who underwent a third surgery Thursday, is listed in critical condition after being shot through the hip.

"It's been much more hard than people even thought at the time". He was one of five people wounded Wednesday in an attack on a Republican team practice in Virginia. Representative Joe Barton of Texas accepted the trophy on Scalise's behalf.

Since then, the lawmaker has undergone multiple surgeries and procedures to stop the bleeding and fix bone.

The president spoke about the 51-year-old from Louisiana again Friday during a speech in Miami. Reporters in Washington tracked Scalise's every hospital update and shared it on social media. But he stopped short of providing specifics of Scalise's internal injuries.

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