Steve Scalise sends Father's Day message

Steve Scalise sends Father's Day message”

The gunman died from injuries sustained in a shootout with police. Dr. Jack Sava of MedStar Washington Hospital Center said it's a "good possibility" that the Louisiana Republican will be able to return to work in his full capacity.

"My dear friend Steve Scalise took a bullet for all of us", Trump said.

In addition to Mr Scalise, a police officer, a congressional aide and a lobbyist were wounded on Wednesday morning when a man opened fire as the Republican lawmakers practised for the game in the Washington suburb of Alexandria, Virginia. 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.

"It's been much more hard than people even thought at the time", Trump said.

"So we all owe Steve a big, big thank you, " Trump added.

Scalise underwent a third surgery Thursday and was still in critical condition in the morning at a local Washington, D.C., hospital.

Williams said the congressional baseball game was important for helping lawmakers move on from the shooting - but also for settling the score.

Mr Scalise was shot as he fielded at second base during practice for an annual Republicans-Democrats baseball game.

Despite the united motivation behind the game, especially this year, partisanship was hardly abandoned as Democrats and Republicans faced off, each side seriously itching for a win.

In a final flourish of bipartisan camaraderie for the night, Democrat Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania, his team's manager, accepted the trophy, then gave it to his Republican counterpart Joe Barton of Texas, to put in Mr Scalise's office on behalf of the Democrats. After accepting it gracefully, Barton cracked, "Next year we won't be so nice".

Ticket sales picked up after Wednesday's shooting, eventually setting an attendance record, the organizers said, as attendees such as Alexander Hilten, 16, of Arlington, Virginia, made a decision to come to the game for the first time.

Scalise has undergone multiple surgeries and will need more. "And it was quite a day, and our police officers were incredible, weren't they?" Investigators are still studying James T. Hodgkinson's social media profile and activities leading up to the attack.

Sue Hodgkinson told reporters outside her IL home Thursday that she was busy with her job and didn't know a lot about what her husband, 66-year-old James Hodgkinson, did between January and March. Authorities are investigating the incident but have not identified a motive.

Those who witnessed the attack say a lone gunman armed with a rifle opened fire on the Republican lawmakers as they warmed up and took batting practice.

In a statement Saturday, Matt Mika's family says he will remain in the intensive care unit at George Washington University Hospital at least through the weekend.

Capitol Policeman David Bailey was also wounded. On Friday, Bailey was spotted back in the Capitol building, on crutches and out of uniform, accepting congratulations from fellow officers.

"I think the security for members of Congress is embarrassingly inadequate".

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