House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), who was shot Wednesday while practicing with other Republicans for the annual Congressional Baseball Game, remains in critical condition, MedStar Washington Hospital Center said in a statement Thursday evening, adding that Scalise had to undergo another surgery "related to his internal injuries and a broken bone in his leg" and will stay in the hospital for "some time."
Although he is still in critical condition, he has improved over the last 24 hours, the hospital said. Scalise will require additional operations, and his family has requested that MedStar continue to update the public on his status. Catherine Garcia
Trump offers update on Rep. Steve Scalise: Whip's recovery is 'much more difficult than people even thought'
President Trump offered an update on Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) on Thursday, reporting that the lawmaker's recovery has been "much more difficult than people even thought at the time." Scalise was hit in the hip by a bullet when a gunman opened fire on Republicans practicing for the annual Congressional Baseball Game on Wednesday morning. He underwent surgery at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and the hospital said in a statement Wednesday night he remains in critical condition and will need to undergo more surgeries.
"He's in some trouble," Trump said. "But he's a great fighter and he's going to be okay, we hope."
Trump says Congressman Steve Scalise is "in some trouble," that "it's been much more difficult," but that "he is going to be okay, we hope." pic.twitter.com/rPKxC4tpPX
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) June 15, 2017
Trump added that "we've got a lot of hearts in this country, great hearts, and they're all sending their love and support to the Scalise family." Jeva Lange
House members were worried about their own safety prior to the congressional baseball practice shooting
House members had been expressing fears for their safety with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) as recently as last week, USA Today reports. Tensions boiled over at an all-member meeting on Wednesday, which followed a shooting at a congressional baseball practice that left Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) in critical condition.
Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.) had reportedly voiced concerns directly to Ryan last week. Following Wednesday's attack, Republicans, including Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Maine), were also among those speaking up. Both Republicans and Democrats received threatening messages after the baseball attack.
"While it's impractical to assign a security detail to every member of Congress, [one] lawmaker said individual congressional office budgets are often too meager to afford the most secure space — the kind that includes multiple entry and exit points and buffer areas between public waiting areas and back offices," USA Today writes.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) urged new security measures: "In more recent years, I have been praying … for our safety," she said. Jeva Lange
On Wednesday night, President Trump and first lady Melania Trump visited Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) in the hospital, where he remains in critical condition after being shot Wednesday morning while practicing for the congressional baseball game.
Just left hospital. Rep. Steve Scalise, one of the truly great people, is in very tough shape - but he is a real fighter. Pray for Steve!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 15, 2017
"Just left hospital," Trump tweeted following the visit. "Rep. Steve Scalise, one of the truly great people, is in very tough shape — but he is a real fighter. Pray for Steve!" Earlier in the day, Trump called Scalise a "true friend and patriot." The MedStar Washington Hospital Center released a statement Wednesday night about Scalise's condition, saying he was still critical and will require additional surgeries. He was shot in the hip, and the bullet went through his pelvis, injuring several organs and causing severe bleeding. Catherine Garcia
The MedStar Washington Hospital Center released an update Wednesday night on House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), revealing that the congressman, who was shot Wednesday morning during practice for a baseball game, remains in critical condition.
In a statement, the hospital said Scalise sustained a single rifle shot to the left hip, with the bullet traveling "across his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs, and causing severe bleeding." He was transported to the Level I trauma center in shock, and immediately entered surgery and underwent an additional procedure to stop bleeding.
Scalise's condition is critical, the hospital said, he has received multiple units of blood transfusion, and he will require additional operations. The hospital added that it will provide periodic updates on his progress. Catherine Garcia
FBI releases statement about baseball shooting, confirms second congressman suffered 'minor injuries'
In a statement released Wednesday afternoon, the FBI confirmed a "second congressman" had "sustained minor injuries and was also transported by a medic unit" following the shooting at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia. The FBI did not identify the second congressman; Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) was shot in the hip and underwent surgery at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, where he "remains in critical condition," the hospital said.
The FBI reports that in total, "five individuals were transported ... to local hospitals with gunshot wounds. Those transported include a United States Capitol Police officer who is hospitalized and is reported to be in stable condition, [Rep. Scalise], one congressional staffer, one lobbyist, and the subject." A second Capitol Police officer was treated at the hospital for minor injuries and released, the bureau said.
President Trump said at a news conference that the shooter — identified as 66-year-old James Hodgkinson — died from his injuries.
Read the full FBI statement below. Jeva Lange
FBI statement on the Alexandra shooting, the agency is actively investigating James Hodgkinson.
A 2nd congressman sustained minor injuries pic.twitter.com/SpgZhvLhH4
— WBZ NewsRadio (@wbznewsradio) June 14, 2017
Two nonpartisan, nonpolitical veteran services groups have joined forces to host a solidarity run in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday night following an attack at a practice session for the Republican congressional baseball team early Wednesday morning. "No matter our personal politics, we can all agree that people playing baseball with their colleagues, staff, and in some cases their children don't deserve to be attacked," the groups, Got Your 6 and Team Red, White, and Blue, said in a media alert. "And neither does our city we love — Alexandria, Virginia."
The walk and run is intended to show that "violence will not divide our community," the groups added. "Tonight, we will #RunWithAlexandria along with members of Congress, their staff, and the brave men and women of the Capitol Police and Alexandria City Police who put their lives on the line to protect us all."
Read more about the event below. Jeva Lange
this is cool- a solidarity run tonight in alexandria pic.twitter.com/9dMmLCdMrs
— kelly cohen (@politiCOHEN_) June 14, 2017
Almost every day for the last month and a half, former Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille and alleged congressional baseball shooter James Hodgkinson chatted when they bumped into each other at the local YMCA. Euille, a Democrat and the city's first black mayor, told The Washington Post that Hodgkinson was usually there when he went for his morning workout. "After the first or second week, he asked about good places to eat ... within walking distance. A long weekend was coming up, and he asked what was going on in town. ... That was the type of conversation we had," Euille said.
Euille said they never talked politics, though he noted Hodgkinson "indicated he agreed with" Democrats when news shows played in the gym's lobby. At one point, Euille, who works as a general contractor since he lost his re-election race last year, said that Hodgkinson asked him about available jobs. He tried to help out, but Hodgkinson said he didn't have a bachelor's degree.
Euille told the Post that Hodgkinson appeared to be "living out of the gym bag" and would "sit in the Y's lobby for hours and hours." "He was a very friendly person," Euille said. "But what I did notice about this gentleman is he'd open up his gym bag and in it, he had everything he owned."