Rep. Steve Scalise Was In ‘Imminent Risk Of Death’ After Shooting, Doctor Says

Rep. Steve Scalise and Matt Mika are still in the hospital.

Four people were wounded by gunfire and two sustained other injuries, authorities said.

A single bullet traveled across Scalise’s pelvis, fractured bones, injured internal organs and caused severe bleeding, the hospital said, and he was transported in shock to the medical center.

Scalise, 51, was one of four people shot by the gunman Wednesday. The others were Capitol Police Officer Crystal Griner, who was shot in the ankle; Matt Mika, a Tyson Foods lobbyist, who’s in intensive care with chest wounds; and congressional staffer Zachary Barth, who was hit in the leg and is out of the hospital. Barth’s boss, Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas, twisted his ankle during the shooting, and Capitol Police Officer David Bailey also sustained a minor injury.

Mika, who had also been in critical condition, is now in serious condition, which is an improvement, according to a spokeswoman for George Washington University Hospital. CBSNews

According to doctors, Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise was in “imminent risk of death” when he arrived at MedStar Washington Hospital on Tuesday and endured several operations to steam a potentially fatal wound to his midsection that threatened numerous vital organs.

Dr. Jack Sava, the chief trauma surgeon, said that Scalise was in shock when he was taken there after being shot during a Congressional baseball practice.

Medstar doctors reported that Scalise remains in critical condition with more surgeries to come but they “are encouraged by improvement in his condition.”

Sava said the “risk of death” is less now than it was days ago, at which time he could have died of his wounds.  DailyCaller

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