Scalise on the mend, now in 'serious' condition

Posted June 19, 2017

Mika, a MI native, was one of five people shot when a gunman opened fire Wednesday as the Republican team practiced in Alexandria, Virginia.

As his colleagues played baseball in his honor Thursday evening, MedStar Washington Hospital Center medical gave an update on Rep. Steve Scalise, who remains in critical condition but has improved.

Trump on Thursday reiterated his call for unity in the aftermath of the shooting in the Washington suburb of Alexandria, Virginia. But that guy was trying to conduct a political assassination of Republicans.

Scalise, a congressman from Louisiana who is the No. 3 House Republican, suffered injuries to internal organs, broken bones and severe bleeding after being shot in the left hip on a baseball field where he and other lawmakers were practicing for a charity baseball game.

"The Scalise family greatly appreciates the outpouring of thoughts and prayers", MedStar Washington Hospital Center said in a statement released on behalf of his kin, reports CNN. The shooter was identified as James T. Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old home inspector from IL.

Capitol Police officers in Scalise's security detail returned fire, and Hodgkinson later died from his injuries.

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On Friday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation identified the guns found at the scene of the shooting as a 9 mm handgun and a 7.62-caliber rifle. Capitol Police said they had "no evidence to suggest that the purchases were not lawful". "We now have no evidence to suggest that the purchases were not lawful".

Hodgkinson has been in the area since March, living out of his van, said local FBI Special Agent In Charge Tim Slater.

When Scalise arrived in the hospital, he had an "imminent risk of death" and was "as critical as you can be", doctors also said.

He's also saluting the Capitol police officers injured in the attack on a Republican Congressional baseball practice.

The hospital says the Louisiana congressman "will require additional operations, and will be in the hospital for some time".

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.

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"Let us not jump immediately into blaming this one or that one", said Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas.

Aguilar plays outfield for the Democratic team; before the shooting, Scalise was slated to play second base for the Republicans.

(Derik Holtmann/Belleville News-Democrat via AP).

Members of both parties said they needed to soften rhetorical attacks on each other, if only to set a better example for a public that seems increasingly divided into hostile political camps.

She said Republican vitriol and caricatures of her had resulted in "calls to my home constantly, threats in front of my family, really predicated on their comments and their paid ads".

Among others, Republican Representative Steve King wrote on Twitter that "violence is incited by the leading cultural voices of the Left" and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich cited an "increasing hostility on the left".

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