Scalise Critical: Single Shot Broke Bones, Damaged Organs

By Susan Jones | June 15, 2017 | 5:47am EDT
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump leave the Washington hospital where Rep. Steve Scalise is in critical condition on Thursday night, June 14, 2017. (Screen grab from CNN)

( – Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) remains in critical condition one day after he was shot once in the left hip at a Republican baseball practice in Alexandria, Va.

President Trump and his wife Melania visited Scalise last night, later tweeting: “Just left hospital. Rep. Steve Scalise, one of the truly great people, is in very tough shape - but he is a real fighter. Pray for Steve!”

The Medstar Washington Hospital Center released the following update Wednesday night at 8:15:

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. 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.  We will provide periodic updates.

Matt Mika, a lobbyist for Tyson Foods, also remains in critical condition with multiple gunshot wounds. He’s being treated at George Washington University Hospital.

His family released the following statement:

Matt Mika, Oakland county (Mich.) native and current director of government relations at Tyson Foods, was among those shot at the Congressional baseball practice this morning in Alexandria, VA.  Matt previously served on Congressional staff for Representatives Walberg and Camp, as well as serving on the staff of State Representative David Palsrok.  Baseball is one of his great passions and he has always loved the Congressional team.

Matt’s family, now traveling to Washington D.C., was informed by paramedics on the scene that Matt was shot multiple times, is in critical condition, and is currently in surgery at an area hospital. We ask that the media respect our family’s privacy at this difficult time.

The other three people injured in Wednesday’s horrific shooting are not seriously hurt.

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