Wednesday, 20 September, 2017

US Congressman Scalise Showing Improvement After Being Shot — Lead Surgeon

VIDEO: Witness captures Alexandria shooting on cell phone President Trump on Rep. Scalise's condition: “He's in some trouble”
Christy Curtis | 26 June, 2017, 01:43

Doctors immediately performed surgery, but additional operations will be required, the hospital said in the late-night statement.

Scalise was wounded when a gunman opened fire at a GOP lawmaker baseball practice Wednesday morning. He was shot in the hip but the bullet tore through his pelvis and injured internal organs. Lobbyist Matt Mika was shot multiple times and critically injured and remained hospitalized.

The congressional baseball game will go on as scheduled.

Representative Cedric Richmond wrote a letter to the Republican leadership outlining his concerns that security for lawmakers was not stringent enough, and is continuing to push for better security detail for lawmakers in the aftermath of the shooting.

Republican Rep. Gregg Harper of MS gaveled in the session on Thursday, and Rep. Glenn Thompson of Pennsylvania opened the morning speeches.

The timing - early in the morning - and the targets - seemingly Republican elected leaders - make this crime even more insidious.

Democrats eventually won the game 11-2.

At a press conference, President Trump says that wounded Scalise's condition is more hard than people first realized.

Capitol Policeman David Bailey was also wounded. "By playing tonight, you are showing the world that we will not be intimidated by threats, acts of violence, or assaults on our democracy".

President Donald Trump delivered a message via video before the game.

Trump says, "Steve is our friend, he's a patriot and he's a true fighter". The president offered prayers to the victims of this awful crime.

More than $1 million has been raised for charity through the Congressional Baseball Game, its host organization announced Thursday, a day after a shooting unfolded at the Republicans' practice for the game. But she says he sold items from his business and told her he was going to Washington. Brooks said security officers fired back at the shooter.

I would also like to personally thank all of the first responders who bravely assisted at the scene, as well as the entire staff of MedStar Washington Hospital Center for their continued excellent care.

Law enforcement officials proceeded Friday with their investigation of the attack at a suburban Virginia park, including examining Hodgkinson's social media activities and his home in Belleville, Ill.

Despite a record of domestic violence, Hodgkinson had no felony convictions and was therefore able to legally purchase the weapons from licensed sellers - an SKS 7.62 semi-automatic rifle and a Smith and Wesson 9mm handgun, according to a statement from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The game was dedicated to Scalise and the other victims of the shooting. But Slater said authorities were still working to determine a motive and had "no indication" Hodgkinson knew about the ball practice ahead of time. Because Scalise is a member of House leadership, Capitol Police were present at the field. Hodgkinson had arrests in his background but showed required firearms licenses to an IL deputy who confronted him about shooting a cornfield last spring.

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