About 13 hours after the shooting on Wednesday, the hospital announced that Scalise had been shot in his left hip by a rifle and that “the bullet traveled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs, and causing severe bleeding”, the hospital said in a statement Wednesday.
Doctors expect Mr Scalise will eventually be able to walk and return to work at “full capacity”.
Hospital officials said it is hard to predict how long the congressman will be in the hospital, but that he is expected to be able to walk and hopefully run after a period of rehabilitation.
Scalise will need more operations for his injuries, but doctors can’t yet predict how many are necessary.
“On behalf of Steve and our children, I want to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for the incredible amount of prayers and warm wishes we have received since Wednesday’s events. Five people were wounded in the assault, including a member of House Leadership – my good friend, Steve Scalise“, Trump said in his weekly web and radio address to the nation.
Trump, after visiting the Louisiana Republican at the hospital, on Wednesday said Scalise was “in very tough shape – but he is a real fighter”.
Rep. Steve Scalise, the third-highest-ranking Republican in the House of Representatives, is still in critical condition after undergoing the latest in a series of surgeries Thursday morning as a result of a gunshot wound to his hip.
“It’ll be a different game without him there”, Richmond said. The congressman remains in critical condition at the hospital’s trauma center. As I walk across the parking lot to the vehicle, a gentleman approaches me and says, ‘Can you tell me, the team today, is that Democrats or Republicans?’ I told him it was the Republicans and he said, ‘OK, thanks, ‘ and turned around.
The attack critically wounded House GOP Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana and also injured Capitol police officers, and a current and former congressional aide.
Sava noted Scalise was awake in the immediate aftermath of the shooting, but was in shock by the time he was transported to the hospital. He died later from injuries sustained in a shootout with police. Brooks went into slightly more detail.
Yesterday morning’s baseball practice was in preparation for the Congressional Baseball Game this evening at Nationals Park in Washington – which took place as scheduled.
Scalise had been fielding balls at second base when he was shot and then dragged himself away from the infield in a trail of blood.