Scalise remains in critical condition after shooting

  • Scalise remains in critical condition after shooting

Scalise remains in critical condition after shooting

U.S. Representative Steve Scalise, the No. 3 House Republican, has shown improvement over the last 36 hours after being shot by a gunman who opened fire on Republican lawmakers at a baseball practice earlier in the week, his lead surgeon said on Friday. Scalise was shot Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, .

In his first public comments since the shooting, Dr. Jack Sava of MedStar Washington Hospital Center said it's a "good possibility" that the Louisiana Republican will be able to return to work in his full capacity. According to the hospital, he sustained a single shot to his left hip, with the bullet traveling across his pelvis causing bone fractures, internal organ injury and severe bleeding.

Sava said Friday that there are hundreds of bullet fragments in Scalise's body, but "we have no intention to try and remove all the bullet fragments at this point".

Sava said that after being released from the hospital, Scalise "will require a period of healing and rehabilitation".

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

The charities are the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington, Washington Literacy Center, the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation and, after Wednesday's shooting, the Capitol Police Memorial Fund.

Before the event, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi told reporters, "Tonight we will go to the game, play our hardest, but we will all be Team Scalise".

Hodgkinson, the IL man who shot House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and others at a congressional baseball practice last week, had with him a piece of paper with doodles and the names of three lawmakers, according to a person familiar with the case.

Sava said the "risk of death" is less now than it was days ago, at which time he could have died of his wounds. He has undergone several surgeries and has more ahead.

"As far as winning and losing, I think that's far from anybody's mind right now", he said. The shooter was an IL man, James Hodgkinson, who had lashed out against President Donald Trump and Republicans over social media. He declined to describe specific internal injuries.

"Our family asks that you continue to pray for Steve, Matt Mika, Zach Barth, and all of those hurt in this attack, and keep them in your thoughts as they face recovery".

Hodgkinson also contacted the office of Rep. Mike Bost, R-Ill., at least 10 times over the past year, a Bost spokesman has said, characterizing the emails and phone calls as negative but not threatening.

Former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre presented the game ball to Capitol Police special agent David Bailey, who came out on the field on crutches after being injured in Wednesday's shooting, to throw out the first pitch to huge applause. He remained listed in critical condition Thursday after multiple surgeries.