Marcha 21, 2018

Rep. Steve Scalise 'took a bullet for all of us'

18 Junio 2017, 12:08 | Gervasio Siguenza

Numerous players wore Louisiana State University hats in honor of Scalise, a graduate of the school, as they gathered at Nationals Park. He was supposed to play with his teammates in Thursday night's game against Democratic members of Congress, but lawmakers said the game will go on. Thursday, as a measure of resilience and tribute.

Scalise, a congressman from Louisiana who is the No. 3 House Republican, suffered injuries to internal organs, broken bones, and severe bleeding after being shot in the left hip on a baseball field where he and other lawmakers were practising for a charity baseball game.

Trump began the morning by calling those leading the Justice Department's Russian Federation election meddling probe "very bad and conflicted people", then contended the shooting that also injured several Capitol Police officers, a lobbyist and a congressional aide has "brought some unity to this divided country".

Dr. Jack Sava of MedStar Washington Hospital Center says "an excellent recovery is a good possibility", but says Scalise faces additional surgeries, a long hospital stay and rehabilitation.

There was also a massive security presence at the game; police in body armor could be seen strolling the outfield promenade with weapons. A hospital statement said Scalise was doing better over the previous 24 hours but would "be in the hospital for some time". Before the game, all players bowed their heads for a moment of silence and prayer to honor Scalise.

DAVIS: You know, Scalise is a very popular member of the House Republican Conference.

Investigators said Hodgkinson had obtained his rifle and handgun from licensed firearms dealers, and Capitol Police said they had "no evidence to suggest that the purchases were not lawful". Agents continue to try and track Hodgkinson's movements in recent weeks. They say that if anyone is encouraging violent action, it is the president himself, who a year ago said he'll pay the legal fees of supporters who remove protestors from his campaign rallies.

"I have some friends who are interns who were talking about going, and after the shooting, I mean, I have to go", said Emily Cleveland of Danville, Ill., as she entered the stadium for the game.

Beyond that, everyone will begin to seek lessons in what is at base a senseless and intolerable attack. Hodgkinson had lashed out against President Donald Trump and Republicans over social media. Republicans won last year after a seven-year losing streak. Bernie Sanders' (I) campaign for president.

"Democrats, liberals, the media, they will not stop until they absolutely destroy this president's agenda", Hannity said.

Richmond, who plays for the Democratic team, said he had visited the hospital twice and planned to go again before Thursday night's game at Nationals Park.

Scalise has received multiple blood transfusions, which can affect clotting, something doctors will monitor closely.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on Thursday urged prayers for Scalise and the other victims of the shooting.

"The events of yesterday were devastating, and we know it will take time to heal".

Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Porter Ranch) smiled broadly when asked who he thought would win the 56th annual Congressional Baseball Game. "I'm prayerful he will pull through, and I hope he does", he said.

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrived at the hospital with flowers Wednesday evening, where Trump sat by Scalise's bedside and met with his wife, Jennifer, as well as Griner and her wife.

A spokeswoman for Capitol Police did not return CNN's request for comment. "We've had a very, very divided country for many years, and I have a feeling that Steve has made a great sacrifice, but there could be some unity being brought to our country". "Pray for Steve!" Trump wrote on Twitter. He also belonged to several anti-GOP groups on Facebook, including one called "Terminate The Republican Party".

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