Scalise Is Still In Critical Condition, But Doctors Are Optimistic

Scalise Is Still In Critical Condition, But Doctors Are Optimistic

Scalise Is Still In Critical Condition, But Doctors Are Optimistic

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.

Mr Scalise was shot in the hip when a lone gunman descended on the baseball practice in a Washington, DC suburb on Wednesday.

Scalise's doctors estimate the congressman will be recovering in the hospital for the next couple of weeks.

Sava said he was optimistic about the progress made by Scalise over the past 48 hours.

Before the event, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said: "Tonight we will go to the game, play our hardest, but we will all be Team Scalise". More than $1 million has been raised this year for Congressional Sports for Charity.

Doctors said the bullet traveled across his pelvis fracturing bones and injured internal organs, causing the loss of a lot of blood.

Bailey received a hero's welcome from a record crowd of almost 25,000 at Thursday's game when he threw out the first pitch. FILE - In this March 8, 2017 file photo, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington.

He added the officers assigned to protecting congressional leadership go through even more training - everything from tactical driving to additional shooting skills - before providing security to elected officials in the nation's capital.

Republicans and Democrats have swapped political insults for friendly rivalry at their annual congressional baseball game in honour of House of Representatives politician Steve Scalise, critically injured in a shooting rampage.

The House used a voice vote Thursday to approve a resolution lauding the Capitol Police for protecting lawmakers and stating that "violence has no place" in society. According to the medical staff, Scalise arrived in critical condition with a "imminent risk of death".

Sixty-six year-old James Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois approached the GOP team around 7:00 a.m. ET as it was practicing for the game, and opened fire. "I'm prayerful he will pull through, and I hope he does", he said.

First, Democrats and Republicans gathered around second base to pray at the spot where Rep. Scalise was shot.

The shooter, James Hodgkinson, was a small business owner in IL who defined himself publicly by his firm support of Bernie Sanders' progressive politics - and his hatred of conservatives and President Donald Trump. In American politics, a whip is responsible for organizing rank-and-file members' support for party policies, canvassing individual members about their voting plans and supplying encouragement where necessary.

"I do believe that end is in the very near future", he said.

Hodgkinson died in the shootout Wednesday with Capitol Police officers at a practice session for the Republican congressional baseball team.

Wednesday's shooting left five people wounded, including Scalise; Griner; Tyson Foods director of government relations Matt Mika; Zack Barth, a staffer for Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas; and Special Agent David Bailey.

Both Republican and Democratic leaders at the game encouraged a sense of unity in the wake of the shooting during an otherwise politically rancorous time in Washington when the parties are sharply divided over healthcare legislation and investigations of the members of the Trump administration.

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