Rep. Steve Scalise is still in critical condition, but his health is improving, the Congressman’s surgeon said two days after Scalise was shot at a practice for the Congressional Baseball Game.
Sava said Scalise has been sedated throughout his hospital stay but his sedation had been “turned down” enough to see him respond to his family’s presence.
Still in critical condition and undergoing repeated surgery, GOP House Whip Steve Scalise “will be in the hospital for some time”, according to the facility where he is recovering from a gunshot.
Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., left, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of N.Y., House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., applaud a message by President Donald Trump on the video board, before the Congressional baseball game, Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Washington.
The FBI said it was investigating the shooter’s “activities and social media impressions” in the months leading up to the attack.
WASHINGTON Republicans and Democrats joined in a spirited, friendly rivalry today at their annual Congressional Baseball game, many fresh from the penetrating horror of the ballfield shooting rampage a day earlier and all playing in honor of their grievously wounded colleague.
The Democrats won the game, earning a solid 11-2 lead over the Republicans, but Democratic manager Mike Doyle presented the trophy to Republicans to be housed in Scalise’s office until next year’s game.
The mood at the Capitol remained somber Thursday, as members learned more about Scalise’s condition and signed giant “get well” posters for him and others injured. He added that Scalise would be in the hospital “for some time” and would need “a period of healing and rehabilitation” after being discharged.
Sava said Friday that there are hundreds of bullet fragments in Scalise’s body.
Scalise’s security detail and other police officers shot and killed the assailant, James Hodgkinson of IL, who had lashed out against President Donald Trump and other Republicans over social media.
They said that his “risk of death” has substantially lowered than when he arrived at the hospital.
At the game Thursday night, U.S. Capitol Police checked bags with dogs in tow, in an atmosphere that attendees said seemed particularly alert. “We love you.” Lewis led a House floor Democratic sit-in past year when Republicans refused to consider gun control legislation.
Also suffering relatively minor injuries were two Capitol Police officers, David Bailey and Crystal Griner, and House GOP aide Zack Barth.
But Flake said the final score wasn’t likely to matter this year. Griner remains hospitalized at MedStar Hospital after getting shot in the ankle, and Sava described her in good condition.
A huge ovation swept the park when Special Agent David Bailey, one of the Capitol Police officers injured in the attack, threw out the first pitch.
Matt Mika, a lobbyist for Tyson Foods, was shot multiple times in his chest and suffered massive trauma.