Scalise upgraded from 'critical' to 'serious'

Ruben Ruiz
June 19, 2017

Doctors gave an update on the condition of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) Friday, saying he is still in critical condition from being shot on Wednesday.

The Capitol Police Memorial Fund was added to the list of charities that will receive money raised by the game in honor of two members of Scalise's security detail who were at the Wednesday practice session and returned fire.

Lobbyist Matt Mika was shot multiple times and remains hospitalized.

Doctors immediately performed surgery, but additional operations will be required, the hospital said in the late-night statement.

The surgeon on Friday said he was "a lot more confident and optimistic" about Scalise's recovery than he was two days ago. U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.), who visited Scalise in the hospital Thursday, said that on a recent foreign trip he and Scalise took, 90 percent of their conversations were about the game.

During the assault, Scalise was shot by a 7.62 mm rifle bullet in his hip area and received serious injuries, including massive blood loss. "But he's a great fighter and he's going to be ok, we hope".

So what does Scalise's absence mean for the majority whip position and House leadership?

Within hours, the tragic shooting on a baseball practice field near Washington that left the shooter dead and a congressman and others wounded seemed to bring some foes in Congress together.

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Scalise underwent a third procedure and second surgery for his gunshot wound Thursday.

Scalise, 51, and three others were wounded when a man identified as James Hodgkinson, 66, from the St. Louis suburb of Belleville, Illinois opened fire on Republican lawmakers in Alexandria, Virginia practicing for the charity game. "We love you", congressman John Lewis, representing Georgia, said of Mr Scalise's critical condition.

Capitol Police Special Agent Crystal Griner was shot in the ankle but was recovering at the hospital. He says Scalise is "in some trouble".

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.

President Donald Trump thanked the members of Congress and others for supporting the Congressional Baseball Game with a recorded statement played at Nationals Park Thursday night.

The president's meaning was unclear as he made the comments at an event on Cuba policy in Miami.

"We've had a very, very divided country for many years", Trump said.

Unity after the shooting was the primary theme of the evening, as the AP noted a mention of Scalise from the announcer led to a standing ovation from those thousands of fans.

Other reports by GizPress

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