“He is more responsive, and is speaking with his loved ones”, the hospital said, adding that he had been downgraded to “serious” condition. The doctor described how a bullet from an assault rifle entered Scalise’s hip and traversed his pelvis, shattering blood vessels, bones and internal organs along the way.
Democrats and Republicans are facing off in the annual Congressional Baseball Game Thursday night, a day after a gunman opened fire at a practice for the GOP team and left several people injured, including Rep. Steve Scalise. The announcer’s mention of Scalise, the House majority whip who was critically wounded in the attack Wednesday, brought the masses to their feet. The shooter was an IL man, James T. Hodgkinson, who had lashed out against President Trump and Republicans over social media.
Also hurt, but released from hospital, were two Capitol Police officers David Bailey and Crystal Griner, and House GOP aide Zack Barth. Republicans and Democrats play one another in annual event, which raises funds for charity. Republicans won the game last year, ending a seven-year winning streak for Democrats.
Although Scalise was able to talk on the ballfield, by the time he was transported by helicopter to the hospital, he was in shock. President Donald Trump sent a message of encouragement, which was shown on the stadium scoreboard prior to the game. “I’m prayerful he will pull through, and I hope he does”, he said.
Sources close to the senior Republican said he remained in a critical condition.
Lobbyist Matt Mika was shot multiple times and remains hospitalized.
She said Republican vitriol and caricatures of her had resulted in “calls to my home constantly, threats in front of my family, really predicated on their comments and their paid ads”.
“This game is always an important moment for both parties to come together to support charity, build friendships, and celebrate our national pastime, but, as you all know, tonight’s game has taken on a much deeper level of meaning, beyond anything that we would have thought”, he said. Many are tributes and prayers for Congressman Steve Scalise.
“They saved a lot of lives”, the president said.
Although the weather in Washington looks headed toward a near-flawless summer night, an obvious and immovable shadow is being cast over Thursday night’s Congressional Baseball Game – a tradition that began more than a century ago.