June 15, 2017
Washington, DC – Kendall Forward, OAN Political Correspondent
The rare act of political violence Wednesday, disrupted one of Washington’s few remaining bipartisan traditions — the Congressional Charity Baseball Game.
Thought the game will go on, Majority Whip Steve Scalise, remains in critical condition at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, a level 1 trauma center.
Two other victims are also recovering. Matt Mika, a Tysons Food lobbyist was shot multiple times. His condition has been updated from critical to stable.
Crystal Griner, one of the responding Capitol Police Officers, was shot in the ankle. Capitol Police say she is in good condition and did not sustain any life-threatening injuries.
Scalise underwent his third surgery Thursday, which was anticipated when he first came into the hospital.
He sustained a single rifle shot to his left hip. According to MedStar Washington, the bullet traveled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs, and causing severe bleeding.
After his visit to the Congressman’s bedside, who he called a “true friend and patriot,” President Trump tweeted, “Rep. Steve Scalise, one of the truly great people, is in very tough shape – but he is a real fighter. Pray for Steve!”
Later, President Trump said, “it’s much more serious than we thought. He’s in some trouble.” The President also credited Scalise for bringing unity to the country.
Scalise has received an outpouring of prayers from members of both parties.
Thursday morning, Minority Leader held back tears while she opened her press conference with prayers for the Whip saying, “our hearts are broken over the assault that was made really over all of us but personally over what happened over what happened to Steve Scalise.”