US President Donald Trump and wife Melania made a surprise visit Wednesday to the bedside of Republican Congressman Steve Scalise, critically wounded in a shooting at a charity baseball event.
Trump and the First Lady brought flowers to the hospital in northeast Washington where the lawmaker was recovering after surgery following the shooting in nearby Virginia, the White House said.
MedStar Washington Hospital Center revealed the extent of Scalise’s injuries Wednesday night and indicated he will need multiple additional surgeries.
“Congressman Steve Scalise sustained a single rifle shot to the left hip,” the hospital said in a statement. “The bullet travelled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs, and causing severe bleeding. 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. His condition is critical, and he will require additional operations.”
Scalise was shot in the hip early Wednesday morning when a gunman opened fire on a baseball field during congressional Republican baseball practice.
Scalise and four others were shot. President Trump later announced the shooter, James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill., had died after being shot by police.