Hodgkinson launched into anti-Trump tirade before Scalise shooting

Frederick Owens
June 20, 2017

"When he arrived, he was in critical condition with an imminent risk of death", Dr. Jack Sava, director of trauma at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, said at a press conference Friday afternoon. "I feel more optimistic than I did two or three days ago", he said.

Scalise, 51, and four others were wounded when an IL man opened fire Wednesday morning on the team practice in Alexandria. After Scalise was shot in the hip, the bullet traveled through his pelvis, fractured bones and injured internal organs.

The surgeon said there were hundreds of bullet fragments in Mr Scalise's body, but "we have no intention to try and remove all the bullet fragments at this point".

Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., had earlier said he thought Scalise was sent to Georgetown Hospital.

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The family of a lobbyist shot multiple times during a Republican baseball practice outside Washington says he has undergone additional surgery and doctors expect a full recovery.

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Scalise continues to show signs of improvement after he was wounded in a shooting at a Republican baseball practice outside Washington.

At Friday's hospital news conference, Scalise's chief of staff Brett Horton read a statement from Jennifer Scalise, the congressman's wife.

Sava said that after being released from the hospital, Scalise "will require a period of healing and rehabilitation". He says Hodgkinson told him Trump screwed up the nation "more than anyone in the history of this country". While the congressman was awake on the baseball field, by the time he was transported to the hospital, he was in shock and immediately received units of transfused blood.

Trump's comments came at the beginning of his speech in Miami Friday announcing a partial rollback of ties to Cuba-reversing changes made by President Barack Obama's administration.

Scalise, the third ranking member of House Republican leadership, was shot in the hip Wednesday.

Several people were injured, including Rep. Scalise. The team was preparing for the annual congressional baseball game, which took place as planned on Thursday.

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