Wednesday morning, Rep. Steve Scalise and 5 others were gunned down during a baseball practice at the Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria, VA while they were prepping for a charity event that was to be held the next day.
Reports say Rep. Scalise was “shot in the hip” and “shot in the calf”, but had been stable upon initial treatment in the hospital. Currently we are told by MedStar Washington Hospital Center at approx. noon PT, that the House Majority Whip “was critically injured and remains in critical condition.”
Rep. Mo Brooks who was at the scene, removed his belt to apply tourniquet pressure to Rep. Scalise’s leg. This implies heavy bleeding was occurring and witnesses state Scalise, after he was shot, tried to drag his body away from the shooter, leaving a trail of blood behind.
Sen. Rand Paul and Rep. Brad Wenstrup also administered first aid to the victims.
The victims, including Scalise, were:
Zachary Barth: Shot in the leg, expected to recover. Serves as Congressional staffer for Rep. Roger Williams.
Matt Mika: reportedly shot multiple times, currently having surgery and in critical condition. Serves as a lobbyist and Tyson Foods employee.
David Bailey and Krystal Griner – the US Capitol Police who exchanged gunfire with the gunman and were wounded in the process. It's been reported they are in stable condition.
The 66 year old gunman, James T. Hodgkinson, was shot, and taken into custody. He has since died of his injuries.
Many are relieved the heroic Bailey and Griner are both in “stable condition,” but deeply concerned about those in “critical condition.” Let’s break down what these descriptors mean:
“Conditions” are based on vital signs (heart rate/pulse, blood pressure, respiratory rate, oxygenation) and a current medical “picture”. According to the American Hospital Association Guidelines these are divided into:
Undetermined: Patient awaiting physician and assessment.
Good: Vitals signs are stable and within normal limits. Patient is conscious and comfortable. Indicators are excellent.
Fair: Vital signs stable and within normal limits. Patient is conscious, but may be uncomfortable. Indicators are favorable.
Serious: Vital signs may be unstable and not within normal limits. Patient is acutely ill. Indicators are questionable.
Critical: Vital signs are unstable and not within normal limits. Patient may be unconscious. Indicators are unfavorable.
However this causes confusion as many ask how one could be “critical AND stable?”
In medical settings, we say someone is “stable” when their condition is not worsening. It's a calming descriptor allowing families and friends to take a deep breath and know their loved one is not on the verge of death.
A stable patient, however could be critically injured and need intensive care. One could be stable coming out of surgery, but become unstable if an unfortunate medical incident occurs afterwards.
“Critical” specifications are given to those whose injury could have been life threatening and who needs to be monitored and tended to continuously. One may remain stable during this time.
This is a developing story:
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Five people were injured when a gunman opened fire on lawmakers practicing for an annual congressional baseball game. The gunman was killed in a shootout with police.
The shooting took place at about 7:00am at a park in Arlington, VA, during practice for the annual event that pits Republicans against Democrats in a baseball game that raises money for local (Washington D.C.) nonprofits. The gunman has been identified as James T. Hodgkinson, a previous volunteer for Sen Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. Hearing this news, Sen. Sanders immediately issued a statement: “Let me be as clear as I can be. Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms.”
A profile for Hodgman began to emerge -- a Facebook page believed to be Hodgkinson’s includes a lot of damning rhetoric against President Trump, including posts like, “Trump is a Traitor. Trump Has Destroyed Our Democracy. It’s Time to Destroy Trump & Co.”
Who was injured during the attack?
First of all, thankfully, Hodgkinson was a terrible shot and no one was fatally wounded in the shooting. Secondly, police were close enough to get to the event before Hodgkinson was able to get closer to the victims.
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, shot in the hip, is in stable condition after undergoing surgery. Zachary Barth, a staffer for Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas) and two police officers were injured and are all in stable condition.
Mike Mika, a lobbyist for Tyson Foods, was also shot -- the company released a statement saying, “Mr. Mika has been taken to a local hospital and we’re awaiting word on his condition.”
Sen. Rand Paul, who was at the practice, describes the scene as it unfolded, “After the gunman fired 50 or 60 shots, hitting Scalise and others … Everybody probably would’ve died except for the fact that the Capitol Hill Police were there, and the only reason they were there is because we had a member of leadership on our team … If Scalise wouldn’t have been on the team — unfortunately he was hit and I hope he does well — but also by him being there it probably saved everyone else’s life, because if you don’t have a leadership person there, it would’ve been no security there … (and) … if the shooter’s got several hundred bullets, and we had no weapons, and no place to hide ... he would’ve advanced on the rest of us, there would’ve been no chance. The only chance we had was that the shots were returned by the Capitol Hill Police.”