Republican baseball practice gunman 'had list of names'

Posted June 21, 2017

As congressional Republicans and Democrats joined Thursday night in their annual baseball game, played this year in Scalise's honor, word came from the hospital that he remained in critical condition, but had "improved in the last 24 hours".

Scalise, the No. 3 Republican in the House of Representatives, was among four people shot as Republican lawmakers practiced for a charity baseball game in Alexandria, Virginia.

The bullet damaged blood vessels, bones, and internal organs, Sava said. But Democrats and Republicans recognized that what happened to Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise, the third-ranking member in the House, could happen to anyone in public life.

Because the bullet shattered, there may be hundreds of fragments in Mr Scalise's body and doctors do not intend to try to remove them all, Dr Sava said.

But Scalise can hope to make an "excellent recovery", his trauma surgeon said Friday. He arrived "in critical condition with an imminent risk of death", Sava said, adding that now, "we are encouraged by improvement in his condition".

President Donald Trump thanked the members of Congress and others for supporting the Congressional Baseball Game with a recorded statement played at Nationals Park Thursday night.

Sava said he told Scalise's family that "I am not declaring victory until he's playing ball in his back yard with his family".

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Scalise was rushed to MedStar Washington Hospital Center and was immediately taken into surgery.

The president also praised the officers who were on the scene of the GOP baseball team's morning practice ahead of tonight's 56th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game as part of Scalise's security detail, which all House and Senate leaders get.

The 66-year-old suspect from Belleville, Illinois, was a volunteer for Senator Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign but whether he was politically motivated is still unclear, investigators said. Hodgkinson was eventually killed by Capitol police.

Scalise remains in critical condition at a hospital near the Capitol and has undergone multiple surgeries.

During the friendly competition, a D.C. -area hospital released the following statement about the condition of Rep. Steve Scalise, who was shot Wednesday while practicing for the game with his colleagues.

Mika is a lobbyist for Tyson Foods and a former aide to Michigan Republican Rep. Tim Walberg.

Sava also said that Crystal Griner, one of the U.S. Capitol Police officers credited with saving Scalise and others at the field, sustained a gunshot wound to her ankle.