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GOP Lawmaker Scalise Still Critical Though Doctors `Encouraged'

18 June 2017

The officers were on hand due to the presence of Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise, a senior House member and Republican leader who was wounded in the attack.

The bullet entered Scalise's left hip and tore across his pelvis, cracking bones and injuring organs and blood vessels.

Scalise is still in critical condition but is doing better, according to a statement from MedStar Washington Hospital Center where the congressman is now confined.

Scalise is sedated, but the husband and father of two has been able to respond to his doctors and family.

Sava said that after being released from the hospital, Scalise "will require a period of healing and rehabilitation".

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Sava said doctors will not attempt to remove what are likely to be hundreds of bullet fragments from Scalise's body, saying the risk of such a procedure typically outweighs the potential benefits.

Trump made his comments as Scalise remained in critical condition at MedStar Washington Hospital Center following multiple surgeries.

Since then, the lawmaker has undergone multiple surgeries and procedures to stop the bleeding and fix bone. "Because of him and the tremendous pain and suffering he's now enduring. our country will perhaps become closer and more unified", Trump said.

Despite the shooting in Virginia, the congressional baseball game went on as planned Thursday evening.

U.S. Capitol Police officer Crystal Griner was shot in the ankle and remains hospitalized in good condition, according to The Washington Post.

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On Thursday night Scalise was honored at the annual congressional baseball game at Nationals Stadium, where a record crowd showed up. He remains in critical condition, but has improved in the last 24 hours.

President Trump is not planning to attend the game because of security concerns, the White House said Wednesday.

Even more fantastic, Rep. Brooks was standing not far from the 3 base line awaiting his turn at bat as the shooter started his attack only a few yards away, in the 3 base dugout. Hodgkinson, who died in return fire from police, was a 66-year-old activist who volunteered with Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign.

Investigators say they still do not know if the shooter James T. Hodgkinson had an attack plan. Sue Hodgkinson said she was married to James Hodgkinson for almost 30 years but they have not been together since March, when he moved to Washington, D.C. She said her husband wanted to go to Washington to work with people to change the tax brackets. Capitol Police said they had "no evidence to suggest that the purchases were not lawful".

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GOP Lawmaker Scalise Still Critical Though Doctors `Encouraged'