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Was gunman ready to head home before congressman's shooting?

22 June 2017
Was gunman ready to head home before congressman's shooting?

In addition to Scalise, a police officer, a congressional aide and a lobbyist were shot on Wednesday morning when a man opened fire as the Republican lawmakers practiced for the game in the Washington suburb of Alexandria, Virginia.

The man who opened fire on Republican lawmakers practicing baseball had angrily railed against President Donald Trump the day before the shooting.

Dr. Jack Sava, the director of trauma at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center, said this afternoon that Scalise had "sustained a single rifle wound that entered in the area of the left hip". "He remains in critical condition, but has improved in the last 24 hours".

Senate Majority Whip Steve Scalise and three others were wounded in the attack. Sava said that doctors have controlled internal bleeding and stabilized his vital signs, but the bullet caused substantial damage to "bones, internal organs and blood vessels and nerves".

Sava confirmed that Scalise will have to undergo additional surgeries and still faces serious risks, such as infection, but is hopeful that he will make a full recovery.

The Congressional Baseball Game, an annual tradition, went on as planned Thursday.

Investigators say he shot House Rep. Steve Scalise before he was killed by police who had been guarding the congressman. He said doctors have turned down Scalise's sedation levels enough that he has been able to respond to visiting family members.

Scalise, 51, a Louisiana Republican who is the No. 3 House Republican, remained in critical condition at a hospital a few miles from the stadium after undergoing a third surgery on Thursday. Nonetheless, said Sava, "We fully expect him to be able to walk" and "hopefully run".

"He will certainly be in the hospital for a considerable period of time", he said.

Vice President Mike Pence earlier on Thursday said he visited the hospital where Scalise was being treated. "I think that his risk of death right now is substantially lower than when he came in. he was as critical as you can be when he came in".

"So important. So we all owe Steve a big, big thank you".

Numerous players in the congressional game Thursday night are wearing Louisiana State University hats in honor of Scalise, a graduate of the school, as they assemble at Nationals Park in Washington.

The president said that because of the "tremendous pain and suffering he's now enduring. our country will perhaps become closer, more unified".

Sue Hodgkinson told reporters outside her IL home Thursday that she was busy with her job and didn't know a lot about what her husband, 66-year-old James Hodgkinson, did between January and March.

The wife of wounded GOP congressman Steve Scalise says she is thankful for all the prayers and warm wishes her family has received since her husband was shot at a baseball practice.