Steve Scalise In Critical Condition After Virginia Shooting — Emergency Surgery

The Congressional Baseball Game began shortly after it's scheduled start of 7:05 p.m. (2305 UTC) Thursday. The game has been played annually for over 100 years and C-Span will live stream the event. Trump addressed the players by video message, hailing Scalise's courage.

(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File).

House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise was the only congressman injured in the shooting.

The Democrats won the game, 11-2, behind pitcher Cedric Richmond, a close friend of Scalise's from Louisiana.

Scalise was fielding ground balls at second base Wednesday when he was shot at a practice for the annual Republicans-Democrats baseball game.

"He was as critical as can be", Sava said.

Speaking from the White House, Trump called the Louisiana congressman a "greater fighter" but indicated the situation remains very serious.

"The congressman's status remains critical", Dr. Jack Sava, the director of trauma at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center, told reporters.

Hemorrhaging is still the biggest concern for Scalise's medical team, but Sava said he fully expects Scalise will be able to walk again and "an excellent recovery is a good possibility". His condition is critical, and he will require additional operations.


Trump said the universal support for Scalise and others wounded in the shooting might help heal the country's many political differences. The victims are Representative Steve Scalise, Capitol Police officers David Bailey and Crystal Griner, lobbyist Matt Mika, and staffer Zach Barth.

They said that his "risk of death" has substantially lowered than when he arrived at the hospital.

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. He was shot in the hip but the bullet tore through his pelvis and injured internal organs.

Colleagues who visited Scalise, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, sounded generally upbeat, but spoke more in terms of hopes than the confident predictions of the immediate aftermath a day earlier.

The crowd got to its feet when the announcer mentioned Scalise. He declined to describe specific internal injuries.

Scalise has required multiple blood transfusions, hospital officials stated.

Despite the shooting, the congressional baseball game went forward Thursday evening at Nationals Park in Washington.

The attack on a group of Republican lawmakers at a baseball practice this week prompted declarations of unity and a fresh look at the role divisive rhetoric played in the violence.

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