GRIEVOUSLY-INJURED CONGRESSMAN “WILL BE IN THE HOSPITAL FOR SOME TIME”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jun. 15, 2017) — In the second of two tweets issued on Thursday night, NBC News producer Jesse Rodriguez stated that an update from MedStar Washington Hospital Center says that Rep. Steve Scalise, who was seriously injured in Wednesday’s baseball-practice shooting in Alexandria, VA, has shown some improvement “in the last 24 hours.”
The hospital has been posting updates on Scalise’s condition since his emergency surgery soon after he was taken in by helicopter.
The latest update posted on MedStar’s website reads:
Earlier today, Congressman Steve Scalise underwent a second surgery related to his internal injuries and a broken bone in his leg. He remains in critical condition, but has improved in the last 24 hours. The Congressman will require additional operations, and will be in the hospital for some time. At the request of the family, we will continue to provide periodic updates.
The inter-party congressional baseball game held each year to raise money for local charities was scheduled for Thursday evening and took place as scheduled despite the horrific attack on the Republican team during its early-morning practice yesterday. Before it commenced, Democrats and Republicans united to say they would be playing on “Team Scalise.”
Four others at the practice were injured, with lobbyist Matthew Mika still in critical condition with a chest wound.
Injured Capitol Police officer David Bailey, who has been lauded as one of two members of Scalise’s security detail acting quickly to save an untold number of lives, tossed the first ball at tonight’s game.
On Thursday evening, Scalise’s website appears darkened.