Wednesday, 28 June, 2017

Top Republican Congressman, 3 Others Shot When Gunman Opens Fire

Warren Dawson | 17 June, 2017, 11:26

House GOP Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana is now listed in critical condition at a Washington hospital.

In the history of the contest, Republicans and Democrats each have won 39 games with one tie.

For the past 2½ years, one of my favorite traditions in Washington has been participating in the Congressional Baseball Game.

(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File).

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

Thursday night's Congressional Baseball game was full of heartfelt moments, a day after a gunman opened fire on a GOP practice field in Arlington, Va.

"He remains in critical condition, but has improved in the last 24 hours", reads a statement provided Thursday by MedStar Washington Hospital Center, the medical facility now treating Scalise. The first said that he "remains in critical condition, but has improved in the last 24 hours".

Scalise was rushed to MedStar Washington Hospital Center and was immediately taken into surgery. He remains sedated but has been able to respond to his family. But he will remain in the hospital for "a considerable period of time" and faces additional operations.

Daily Caller's Kaitlan Collins reported that "Scalise has received multiple units of blood transfusion".

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"By playing tonight you are showing the world that we will not be immidatefd by threats, acts of violence, or assaults on our democracy", Trump said in a statement.

On Wednesday night, Trump, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, visited Scalise at the hospital.

The president says that because of the "tremendous pain and suffering he's now enduring. our country will perhaps become closer, more unified".

On Friday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a statement that it continues to process evidence and "to assess the potential motivations of the single shooter".

Mr Scalise was among five people wounded in the shooting. 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 in the aftermath of the shooting who blamed heated Democratic rhetoric for the incident.

House Speaker Paul Ryan has paid a visit to wounded Majority Whip Steve Scalise at the hospital.

Republican congressman Steve Scalise is "in some trouble" after being shot at a baseball field but "he's going to be okay, we hope", Donald Trump said. But he stopped short of providing specifics of Scalise's internal injuries. He's been undergoing repeat surgeries.

The charity game, pitting Republican lawmakers against their Democratic colleagues, was set to proceed as scheduled at 7:05pm on Thursday at Nationals Park, home of the Washington Nationals Major League Baseball team, with thousands of spectators expected in the stands.

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