Shooter went to GOP baseball practice with list of names

Jay Jacobs
June 19, 2017

A gunman opened fire on the Republican baseball team's practice before Thursday's annual charity baseball game, critically wounding Scalise, R-La., and injuring three other people as horrified legislators and staffers scrambled for cover amid a barrage of bullets.

President Donald Trump says that wounded Congressman Steve Scalise's condition is more hard than people first realized.

House Majority Whip Scalise, 51, was shot in the hip by a rifle-welding critic of the president who sprayed bullets on U.S. lawmakers practising for an annual baseball game in the Washington suburb of Alexandria.

Sava said Scalise has a good possibility of recovery after he was at "imminent risk of death" from the gunshot wound two days ago.

The attacker, who had traveled to Washington several months ago from the Midwestern state of IL, was fatally wounded by members of the Capitol Police who were in a security detail protecting Scalise.

Investigators studying Wednesday's attack at a suburban Virginia park said Thursday that shooter James Hodgkinson had obtained his rifle and handgun from licensed firearms dealers.

On Thursday night Scalise was honored at the annual congressional baseball game at Nationals Stadium, where a record crowd showed up.

Sava said that after being released from the hospital, Scalise "will require a period of healing and rehabilitation".

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On Wednesday, he underwent immediate surgery after the incident and then an additional procedure to stop bleeding.

Within hours, the tragic shooting on a baseball practice field near Washington that left the shooter dead and a congressman and others wounded seemed to bring some foes in Congress together. Scalise was on the second base when he was injured by a crazed gunman who was trying to kill Republicans Wednesday.

Doctors say Rep. Steve Scalise (skuh-LEES') remains in critical condition at a Washington hospital but is improving. Hodgkinson, a Belleville, Illinois, home inspector, had been living out of his van near the park. He added that Scalise "will be able to walk and, hopefully, run". "Most importantly, we are forever grateful for the heroism of [Capitol police agents] Crystal Griner and David Bailey who saved everyone's lives at the baseball field that morning, including Steve's".

Scalise's Chief of Staff shared a message from the congressman's family at a Friday press conference.

Republican team manager Joe Barton congratulated their Democratic counterparts as he received the trophy from Democrat manager Mike Doyle.

In that bad crime, the country also witnessed the incredible heroism of the Capitol Police, he said, adding that Special Agent Crystal Griner - who he also met during his visit to the hospital - raced into gunfire, along with Special Agent David Bailey.

Bailey was spotted Friday in the Capitol, on crutches and out of uniform, accepting congratulations from fellow officers.

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