Congress seeks normalcy, heads back to work after shooting

by Wade Massey June 16, 2017, 0:56

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, 51, was listed as "critical" Wednesday night after being shot along with several other victims at a Congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, Wednesday morning.

Rep. Scalise was struck in the hip by a single rifle shot that caused bone fractures and internal organ bleeding.

The president and first lady Melania Trump spent about half an hour at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

Scalise spoke to his wife on the phone before he underwent surgery. He was administered multiple units of blood transfusions and will require additional operations, hospital representatives said. At last word, however, he remained in critical condition. We will provide periodic updates.

The gunman, identified by police as 66-year-old James Hodgkinson from the St Louis suburb of Belleville, Illinois, fired repeatedly at the men playing on the baseball field. Two Capitol Police officers assigned to Scalise's security detail were wounded. Online, Hodgkinson had posted several anti-Trump political comments.

"We've had a very, very divided country for many years", Trump said.

Scalise and members of the Capitol police force were shot during Republicans' early-morning practice ahead of a charity baseball game, reports CNN. The popular annual face-off, which raises money for charity, is scheduled for this evening at Nationals Park across the Potomac River in Washington, and will go forward as planned.

"There will be those who will talk about what's wrong with America, but in this case, Officers (Crystal) Griner and David (Bailey), we saw what's right with America".

"Everyone on that field is a public servant", Trump said. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) said.

"Republican", Duncan said before departing on Wednesday.

Scalise, a Capitol Police officer, a lobbyist, and a congressional staffer all suffered gunshot wounds during the incident.

"We are grateful for the U.S. Capitol Police, who put their lives on the line each day to protect Members of Congress, our staff, and visitors at the Capitol", Rep. Jackie Walorksi, R-2nd, said in a statement.

He later died of his injuries, President Donald Trump told the nation from the White House. He also thanked the first responders.

"An attack on a member of Congress or any American is an attack on all of us", she said in a statement.


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