GOP shooting: Scalise improving from brink of death


Scalise has played in several congressional baseball games, including last year's 8-7 Republican victory.

House Speaker Paul Ryan was met with a bipartisan standing ovation when he announced that the game was still on during a meeting on Wednesday. Both had appeared on the House floor earlier Thursday.

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"The center of America is disappearing, and the violence is incited by the leading cultural voices of the Left", Republican Congressman Steve King of Iowa said over Twitter.

The game was dedicated to Scalise and the other victims of the shooting. Majority Whip Steve Scalise (La.) and four others were wounded by the shooter. The Congressman will require additional operations, and will be in the hospital for some time.

The hospital said Scalise was struck by a single rifle shot to the left hip that went through his pelvis, "fracturing bones, injuring internal organs, and causing severe bleeding". He said the officers "might have put the guy down quicker if they had been able to use a long gun instead of just pistols".

He cautioned that Scalise still faces serious risk, including infection. The fact that his injuries brought him close to death was not widely known initially.

"He was in critical condition with an imminent risk of death", Dr. Jack Sava said Friday, adding that doctors have been encouraged by his progress.

Damage from a bullet occurs when it's traveling.

Doctors "fully expect him to walk", Sava said, "and hopefully run".

The surgeon on Friday said he was "a lot more confident and optimistic" about Scalise's recovery than he was two days ago.

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"We are grateful to Congress for thinking of Rep. Steve Scalise during this hard time and recognizing him by wearing LSU gear in support of his recovery", LSU President F. King Alexander said in a statement posted to the university's website.

"She's in good condition and she's in good spirits", Sava said.

Griner, who was shot in the ankle, and Bailey, who suffered a minor injury, fired back at the gunman, James T. Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old disgruntled home inspector from IL.

The shot fired at Scalise left perhaps hundreds of bullet fragments internally, many of which may never be removed because surgery might be more risky than leaving them in place, Sava said. "The Scalise family greatly appreciates the outpouring of thoughts and prayers", the hospital wrote, "on behalf of the Scalise family".

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.

"It seems self-evident that when the teams are practicing, there should be security there", Pelosi said.

Hodgkinson, a Belleville, Illinois, home inspector who had been living out of his van near the park, had a social media page filled with criticism of Republicans and the Trump administration.

"Both were purchased by the shooter from federal firearms licensees", the Capitol Police said in a statement.

"No matter what she was doing, you could just tell she was about meeting the mission and ready for duty", Dine said.

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.