Scalise remains in critical condition following third surgery

House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise on Capitol Hill in 2015

House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise on Capitol Hill in 2015

Presidents have shown up at the annual Republicans vs. Democrats tilt, and press secretary Sean Spicer indicated Trump wanted to attend following Wednesday morning's shooting at the GOP team's practice session in Alexandria, Va. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., and four others were wounded by a 66-year-old IL man who appears to have been a staunch critic of Trump and Republicans.

Scalise, 51, the No. 3 House Republican leader, was first elected in 2008.

Tickets for the Congressional Baseball Game sell for $10 to $15, which when added to online donations has resulted in more than $1 million for the game's four designated charities, including the Capitol Police Memorial Fund. Members added the organization to its list after two Capitol Police officers, David Bailey and Crystal Griner, were wounded while trying to protect the members during Wednesday's practice.

Rep. Jack Bergman, R-Mich., a retired Army general, said, the shooter was kept off the field by a chain-link fence, which was locked.

"Three months before James Hodgkinson picked up a gun and targeted Republican members of a congressional baseball team as they practiced in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday, he signed a petition calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump".

During their 20-minute visit to the hospital, Trump sat next to Scalise's bed and spoke with the congressman's family, said White House spokesman Sean Spicer.

He noted in an apparent reference to Trump that "I never had confrontations and fights at my rallies".

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"I don't know if you can blame this on one wing or another wing".

"You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people!" he said in another tweet. The bullet struck Scalise in the hip, and traveled across his body, shattering bones and passing through internal organs, causing major internal bleeding.

Scalise remained in critical condition as of Wednesday night, according to his office.

The House Republican baseball team has been practicing for weeks in early mornings at the Alexandria site for Thursday's annual congressional baseball game against Democratic lawmakers' team.

"We will miss Steve on the field", Richmond said just before the game and after visiting Scalise in the hospital. Two lawmakers who were leaving practice when they encountered Hodgkinson before the shooting believe he was targeting Republicans.

Scalise was fielding balls at second base when he was shot, according to lawmakers present.

Proceedings were canceled for the day in the House, and instead Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California issued their own calls for unity.

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He was lying motionless and was "coherent the whole time" when Sen. He was tended to by fellow lawmakers including Brad Wenstrup, an OH congressman who is a physician, before being transported to a hospital.

Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation said it was too early to determine a motive in the shooting or whether the attack was an attempted political assassination.

Hodgkinson later died in hospital from his wounds. "Because of Hodgkinson's apparent political leaning, conservative commentators are saying Wednesday's incident is part of a violent trend by some on the left that does not get as much attention". His picture is a caricature of Bernie Sanders as Uncle Sam and his feed is filled with anti-Trump sentiments.

"Their sacrifice makes democracy possible".

Former Arizona congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who suffered a gunshot wound to the head in a January 2011 shooting in Tuscon, Ariz., also shared her thoughts on Twitter. Mika's family said the lobbyist was shot multiple times and was in critical condition following surgery.

The attack critically wounded Scalise of Louisiana and also injured Capitol police officers, along with a current and former congressional aide.

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