Scalise remains in critical condition after shooting

Kari Scott
June 18, 2017

Although Scalise was able to talk on the ballfield, by the time he was transported by helicopter to the hospital, he was in shock.

US Representative Steve Scalise, the No 3 House Republican, has shown improvement in the past 36 hours after being shot by a man who opened fire on Republican lawmakers at a baseball practice earlier in the week, his lead surgeon said on Friday. Since then, the lawmaker has undergone multiple surgeries and procedures to stop the bleeding and fix bone. He's been sedated since then, Sava said, "but we've been able to turn that sedation down enough for him to respond to his family members, and he clearly knows that they're there and appreciates their presence". Infection also is a risk, especially if the intestines were perforated.

Scalise was shot Wednesday morning as a gunman sprayed bullets into a Republican congressional baseball practice. Damage from a bullet occurs when it's traveling.

Scalise's doctors estimate the congressman will be recovering in the hospital for the next couple of weeks.

Scalise is being treated in the hospital's intensive care unit. The congressman's risk of death was now substantially lower because doctors have controlled the bleeding and his vital signs have stabilised. Additional operations will be needed in the coming days to manage Scalise's abdominal injuries and other broken bones, Sava said, adding he hoped that hemorrhaging "is not going to be our biggest enemy any longer".

"I am sickened by this despicable act", Sanders said in a statement condemning all acts of violence.

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All six congressmen are members of the House Freedom Caucus, which contains the lower chamber's most conservative members. A friend from high school said Loughner "did not watch TV; he disliked the news; he didn't listen to political radio".

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Witnesses said the shooting would have been a "massacre" if not for the Capitol Police officers on duty as part of Scalise's security detail and the gunfight that ensued as local law enforcement arrived. Speaking earlier Friday in Miami, Trump said Scalise "took a bullet for all of us" when he was shot. "Because of him and the tremendous pain and suffering he's now enduring. our country will perhaps become closer and more unified", Trump said.

"So we all owe Steve a big, big thank you", the president said.

They also released photos of guns similar to the 9mm handgun and 7.62-caliber rifle used in the attack, which officials have said were purchased legally.

Hodgkinson, who was killed by police during the rampage, contacted both of his state's Democratic senators frequently, spokesmen said Friday.

Griner and Bailey have been hailed as heroes after taking down the shooter.

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