Doctor says Rep. Scalise's vital signs stable

19 June, 2017, 11:31 | Author: Benny Bass
  • House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise on Capitol Hill in 2015

A huge ovation came from the crowd, which swelled to a record 24,959, when Special Agent David Bailey, one of the Capitol Police officers injured in the attack on Republicans at their ball practice in Virginia, threw out the first pitch.

Capitol Police, who provided security for the practice, killed the shooter, identified by authorities as James Hodgkinson, 66, from Belleville, Ill.

The motive for the shooting remained unclear but authorities were zeroing in on the life of James T. Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old man from IL, in the months and weeks before Wednesday morning's shooting. The congressman's risk of death was now substantially lower because doctors have controlled the bleeding and his vital signs have stabilized. He said doctors have turned down Scalise's sedation levels enough that he has been able to respond to visiting family members.

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.

"I would say that when he arrived he was in critical condition with an imminent risk of death", Dr Jack Sava told reporters.

Congressman Cedric Richmond, who is pitching in Thursday night's game is expected to give an update on Scalise's condition at 3:30 p.m. Sava didn't address what organs were damaged.

Scalise was shot Wednesday morning as a gunman sprayed bullets into a Republican congressional baseball practice.

Close friends say they are confident Scalise will pull through. "The Scalise family greatly appreciates the outpouring of thoughts and prayers", it stated.

"Like all those who come to serve in our nation's capital, Steve loved this country", Pence said.

"By playing tonight we are showing the world that we will not be intimidated by threats, acts of violence or assaults on our democracy", said US President Donald Trump, appearing on the park's giant screen but not attending.

"It's been much more hard than people even thought at the time", Trump said.

The Congressional Baseball Game for Charity - usually a low-key event that draws about 10,000 people - had sold more than 20,000 tickets and raised more than $1 million for charity as of Thursday afternoon, according to organizers.

Scalise - seen here after being shot in the hip - underwent another surgery Saturday. But at a news conference, Pelosi bristled at comments made by a few Republicans and conservative activists who blamed heated Democratic rhetoric for the incident.

Scalise, a Metairie Republican and the House Majority Whip, was shot in the hip with a rifle.

The Friday visit announced by Ryan's staff comes with Scalise in critical condition at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

Hodgkinson, who had a history of posting angry messages against Trump and other Republicans on social media, died after being wounded by police. He's been undergoing repeat surgeries.

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