Still critical, Rep. Steve Scalise to undergo more surgeries

Frederick Owens
June 17, 2017

President Donald Trump said Thursday that wounded GOP Congressman Steve Scalise is "in some trouble" but "he's going to be OK, we hope", offering the assessment as a shaken U.S. House gaveled back into session a day after the shooting of Scalise and others at a baseball field. He was hit in the left hip, suffering injuries to internal organs, broken bones and severe bleeding, in Wednesday's shooting.

Scalise underwent a third procedure and second surgery for his gunshot wound Thursday.

The gunman, identified by authorities as 66-year-old James Hodgkinson from Belleville, Illinois, was killed in a gunfight with Capitol Hill police officers during the attack.

Thirty-six hours after a gunman's attack on Republican lawmakers at their baseball practice, GOP and Democratic teams played their annual charity game Thursday night, determined to show unity. Davis said he then ran into the apartment of a "good Samaritan" named Ben Childers, where he first placed a call to emergency services and then called the rest of his family.

During the game, a special tribute was held for Scalise, who is being treated at Medstar Washington Hospital Center. "How dare they?" she exclaimed. There were reports of death threats being called in to congressional Democrats and Republicans alike. "He is grateful for the fearless actions of U.S. Capitol Police, first responders, and colleagues", his office revealed in a previous statement.

Congressional members decided Wednesday that the game would be played Thursday as scheduled, with one change.

Pence praised their heroism, echoing many others who have said that the tragedy could have claimed countless lives had they not been there and acted swiftly. Scalise was shot Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Va.

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Republican Rep. Gregg Harper of MS gaveled in the session on Thursday, and Rep. Glenn Thompson of Pennsylvania opened the morning speeches.

Rep. Cedric Richmond of Louisiana was the Democrats' star pitcher, and a close friend of Scalise's.

The president said that because of the "tremendous pain and suffering he's now enduring. our country will perhaps become closer, more unified".

C-SPAN is expected to air the game live.

The game is a long-standing summer tradition in Washington, with teams of Republican and Democratic lawmakers competing on the ball field, even in present times, when fractious political debates are the norm.

Others injured include two members of the Capitol Police, Crystal Griner and David Bailey, according to House Speaker Paul Ryan.

Democrat and Republican teams have put aside politics for one night since 1909 to meet on the baseball diamond and raise money for charity.

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