Scalise Remains in Critical Condition Will Require Additional Surgeries

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 22, 2017

Steve Scalise, who was shot in the left hip, had surgery Thursday related to his internal injuries and a broken bone in his leg.

The Republicans had been holding early morning practices for weeks at the Alexandria, Va., field for the annual baseball game on Thursday against Democratic lawmakers.

The shooter was killed by police officers whose work won praise from Trump in his remarks. That's why Democrats' and Republicans' decision to go ahead with their baseball game on Thursday in Washington is so welcome.

The announcer's mention of Scalise, the House majority whip who was critically wounded in the attack Wednesday, brought the masses to their feet. More than $1 million has been raised this year for Congressional Sports for Charity. "The Scalise family greatly appreciates the outpouring of thoughts and prayers", MedStar Washington Hospital Center said in a statement released on behalf of his kin, reports CNN. He added that Scalise would be in the hospital "for some time" and would need "a period of healing and rehabilitation" after being discharged.

"This week, our nation was shocked and horrified when a gunman opened fire on a Member of Congress".

The bullet struck Scalise in the hip, and traveled across his body, shattering bones and passing through internal organs, causing major internal bleeding.

Capitol Policeman David Bailey was also wounded. Bailey then threw a pitch that bounced before reaching the catcher, Roberto Clemente Jr. Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, was fatally shot in a firefight with police.

US House Majority Whip Steve Scalise's condition was "as critical as you can be" when he arrived in hospital, but he's since improved.

Ivanka Trump, joined by Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and her two eldest children Arabella and Joseph Kushner, presented a $50,000 check from "Friends in the Trump Administration" to "Congressional Sports for Charity" at the game. "Ladies and gentlemen, let's play ball".

Our system of governance, and its worthy servants like Scalise and the other victims of Wednesday's shooting, will endure not only political turmoil but also the misguided violence that sprouts up along the fringes of our government, often driven more by mental illness than organized political philosophy.

Congressman Roger Williams, a Republican from Texas, who is on crutches after being injured while running for safety during the shooting, said he thinks the shooting had more to do with the individual than his political leaning.

Sue Hodgkinson told reporters outside her IL home Thursday that she was busy with her job and didn't know a lot about what her husband, 66-year-old James Hodgkinson, did between January and March. Witnesses at the baseball field said Hodgkinson asked a local resident about the party affiliation of the congressmen; a few moments after he learned they were Republicans, he produced a semiautomatic rifle and began firing volleys of shots.

The FBI said yesterday that it believed Hodgkinson was living out of his van in Alexandria. Investigators are still studying James T. Hodgkinson's social media profile and activities leading up to the attack.

On Friday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation identified the guns found at the scene of the shooting as a 9 mm handgun and a 7.62-caliber rifle.

The game at Nationals Park, Washington DC, carried on a century-old bipartisan ritual, this one tinged with worry about Louisiana Republican Mr Scalise, 51, and their determination to answer the attack by coming together in sport.

He was one of five people injured from gunshots during the shooting but the only congressman who was hit. That social media and letters to the editor showed Hodgkinson to be an ardent liberal who hated congressional Republicans gave the attacks an terrible partisan overtone and inevitably led Rep. Peter King, R-Iowa, Newt Gingrich, Rush Limbaugh and others to blame it on the left's harsh criticism of President Trump.

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