Pence visits Scalise in hospital as he recovers from shooting wound

Vice President Mike Pence visited House Majority Whip Steve Scalise on Thursday morning, a day after the Louisiana congressman was wounded during a shooting at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia.

“Karen & I just left @MedStarWHC. Thanked docs & staff,” Pence tweeted Thursday morning. “Keep @SteveScalise, Officer Griner & all involved & their loved ones in your prayers.”

A spokesman said Pence checked on Scalise and spoke to Crystal Griner, one of two Capitol Police officers who were wounded during the incident.

MedStar Washington Hospital Center said late Wednesday that Scalise is in critical condition and will require additional operations.

“Congressman Steve Scalise sustained a single rifle shot to the left hip. The bullet travelled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs, and causing severe bleeding,” the statement said. “He was transported in shock to MedStar Washington Hospital Center, a Level I Trauma Center. He underwent immediate surgery, and an additional procedure to stop bleeding. He has received multiple units of blood transfusion.”

President Donald Trump on Wednesday also paid Scalise a visit. “Just left hospital,” the president tweeted Wednesday evening. “Rep. Steve Scalise, one of the truly great people, is in very tough shape – but he is a real fighter. Pray for Steve!”

Five people were shot at Wednesday’s practice, including the suspect, who later died in the hospital after gunshot wounds to the torso after an exchange with police. Capitol Police said one officer “sustained a minor injury,” and the FBI said an additional congressman “sustained minor injuries” during the incident.


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