Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Science | By Boyd Webster

Congressman in critical condition after being shot during baseball practice

Congressman in critical condition after being shot during baseball practice

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump said Friday that wounded GOP Congressman Steve Scalise "took a bullet for all of us" when he was shot Wednesday morning at a congressional Republican baseball practice.

The doctors said that while Scalise remains in critical condition, they "are encouraged by improvement in his condition".

Meanwhile, the other victims, including Capitol Police officer Crystal Griner, are expected to recover.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Congressman Steve Scalise today", LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri said before the team left for Omaha.

Sava said Scalise has a good possibility of recovery after he was at "imminent risk of death" from the gunshot wound two days ago.

Richmond and others in both parties say Scalise will be at the top of their minds.

Lobbyist Matt Mika was shot multiple times and remains hospitalized.

Several other people were also injured in Wednesday's shooting before Scalise's security detail and other police officers gunned down the assailant, who later died.

Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, who was at Wednesday's practice and gave medical help after the shooting, said it would have "been awful" if the game had been canceled, and said Scalise would want it to go on.

Jennifer Scalise says in a statement that the family is "especially appreciative of the strong outpouring of love and support from our neighbors, friends, from Louisiana and across the country". "And we thank all the members of Alexandria Fire, Police and Rescue", Trump said.

ESPN reported, "When the president intoned three words he said have brought Americans together for generations-"Let's play ball"-cheers rang out".

She said she was married to James Hodgkinson for almost 30 years but they have not been together since March, when he moved to Washington, D.C.

Since then, the lawmaker has undergone multiple surgeries and procedures to stop the bleeding and fix bone. He was shot in the hip but the bullet tore through his pelvis and injured internal organs. But at a news conference, Pelosi bristled at comments made by a few Republicans and conservative activists who blamed heated Democratic rhetoric for the incident.

Medstar Washington Hospital Center released the update on behalf of the Scalise family.

The commander-in-chief said, "By playing tonight we are showing the world that we will not be intimidated by threats, acts of violence or assaults on our democracy".

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. He declined to describe specific internal injuries. Congressmen gathered at second base, where Scalise was standing when he was wounded.

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