Scalise shooting: Playing congressional baseball game shows needed unity

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

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

The annual charity game continued as scheduled despite House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R., La.) and four others being hospitalized after James Hodgkinson opened fire at a Republican team practice. "We have controlled the internal bleeding and his vital signs have stabilized", said Dr. Jack Sava, director of trauma at Washington MedStar Hospital Center, briefing reporters.

Sava said Friday that there are hundreds of bullet fragments in Scalise's body, but "we have no intention to try and remove all the bullet fragments at this point".

Congressman Steve Scalise remains in critical condition following surgery to fix injuries sustained after he was shot at a congressional baseball practice Wednesday, hospital officials announced in a statement on Thursday evening.

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Scalise's security detail and other police officers shot and killed the assailant, James Hodgkinson of IL, who had lashed out against President Donald Trump and other Republicans over social media.

The House of Representatives' No. 3 Republican leader was in grave condition when he was first shot. His social media pages were filled with angry rants about those taxes, Republicans, and specifically President Donald Trump, whom he called "a traitor". Politico reported Thursday that a lobbyist for Tyson Foods who was also shot Wednesday, Matt Mika, remains in critical condition and will require additional surgeries, his family said Thursday.

Those who knew him around Belleville have said nothing suggested he was capable of the attack on members of Congress, in spite of his often stated, very strong, and well-documented anti-Republican views.

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Mr Hodgkinson, who most recently lived in IL and worked as a home inspector, died at the hospital as a result of his injuries. But they are pragmatic enough to know the latest shooting doesn't dramatically alter the dynamics of their uphill battle.

Jennifer Scalise says in a statement that the family is "especially appreciative of the strong outpouring of love and support from our neighbors, friends, from Louisiana and across the country". He said in a recorded message before it began that everyone was playing hard for Scalise.

The Congressional Baseball game was held on Thursday night despite gunfire at practice on Wednesday morning. President Trump visited Scalise in the hospital on Wednesday, calling him a "fighter". "I also want to thank the Capitol Police for their heroic actions to prevent further harm", he said. On Thursday, he underwent more surgery. "Let us always remember that our job is to serve and represent the whole American people - and that we are all children of the same God", Trump said. But at a news conference, Pelosi bristled at comments made by a few Republicans and conservative activists who blamed heated Democratic rhetoric for the incident.

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