Scalise Is Still In Critical Condition, But Doctors Are Optimistic

Austin Daniel
June 17, 2017

Five people were hospitalized, including the suspect and Scalise, when a shooter opened fire on the field where about 25 GOP members of Congress were practicing for a game against their Democratic colleagues scheduled for Thursday.

The shooter, identified as James T. Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old home inspector from IL, was shot and killed by Capitol Police officers who were in Scalise's security detail.

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

Ticket sales picked up after Wednesday's shooting, eventually setting an attendance record, the organizers said, as attendees such as Alexander Hilten, 16, of Arlington, Virginia, chose to come to the game for the first time.

"I think that an excellent recovery is a good possibility", Dr. Jack Sava, director of trauma at MedStar Washington Hospital Center said at a news conference Friday afternoon. He said it is now hard to predict how long Scalise will need to remain in the hospital but they should have a better idea of that in the coming days.

Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise remains in critical condition, but his vital signs have "stabilized" two days after being shot during a congressional baseball practice on Wednesday, hospital officials announced Friday.

President Donald Trump said in a taped message to the players and spectators that coming together for a ball game a day after a tragedy shows "the world that we will not be intimidated by assaults. on our democracy". Capitol police officers were also seriously injured along with a current and former congressional aide. Trump only alluded to the shooting indirectly while voicing support for the victims.

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The crowd got to its feet when the announcer mentioned Scalise.

For the game, which began in 1909, members of the Senate and House of Representatives donned uniforms representing teams from their constituencies for the game and many topped them with hats from Louisiana State University, Mr Scalise's alma mater, as a tribute.

"I want to take a moment to send our thoughts, love, and prayers to Congressman Steve Scalise and his entire family", he said. The event raised more than than $1 million for local charities, double what it did the year before, spokeswoman Meredith Raimondi said. The Democrats ultimately won the game 11 to 2, but elected to put the trophy in Scalise's office.

"They (the Capitol police) ran right into the fire ... and saved a lot of lives", Trump said.

C-SPAN provided coverage, and additional national television, radio and other media outlets tuned in.

Even with lawmakers' determination for baseball bipartisanship, they say competitiveness remains.

"The competition is still there, but the energy around the game has just exploded", said Walker.

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