mloutre (602 posts) Wed Jul-02-08 07:56 PM
Well Known Liberal Blogger Brian Beutler Shot In Washington, D.C.
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Brian Beutler, a well-known progressive blogger, was shot and seriously injured during a mugging last night in Washington, D.C. One bullet damaged Beutler's spleen, and he had it removed during surgery this morning at the Washington Hospital Center. He's expected to make a "pre-trauma" recovery, which is to say, a completely full recovery.
The shooting was confirmed to us by Tracy Van Slyke, the project director of the Media Consortium, a network of leading progressive news organizations (TPM is a member) for which Beutler is the Washington correspondent.
Some of the details of the incident are still sketchy. According to Van Slyke, Beutler was walking with a friend after leaving a bar in Washington's Adams Morgan section when the two were confronted by a man demanding their cell phones near 17th Street and Euclid Street. It's unclear as yet what happened, but the man fired several shots at Beutler. One bullet hit him in the spleen and he was hit twice in the shoulder. A D.C. police official said he wasn't aware of any arrests made in connection with the shooting.
"He is currently in stable condition, awake and in pain," Van Slyke wrote in an email to colleagues. "But, true to form, he is already cracking jokes." According to Van Slyke, Beutler was supposed to file a piece with the Consortium today. In his first words today to his editor, Adele Stan, he said dryly: "Sorry. I left you high and dry."
Late Update: As you may have seen down in the comments, Beutler friend and former TPMmuckraker Spencer Ackerman checks in after visiting the hospital:
I've just come back from the hospital, where I got to see Brian. He's going to be OK. Sure enough, he's in stunningly good spirits -- way way better than I would be if the situation was reversed. Strong like bull, that dude. He thanks everyone for their good wishes.
But please, this is a sensitive time for Brian and his family and friends, and our primary concern is his convalescence. Please respect this. Consider how you would feel if you were in his shoes.
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Brian Beutler section at the Media Consortium website:
Updated report on Brian's condition at Mother Jones blog: