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Democrats give trophy to Scalise in Congressional baseball game

Democrats give trophy to Scalise in Congressional baseball game”

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. His doctors indicated Scalise suffered internal wounds and fractured bones, and was due for additional surgery.

The first update from the hospital came late Wednesday, indicating Scalise had undergone an initial surgery and a second procedure, in addition to receiving "multiple units of blood transfusion".

GOP Representative Steven Scalise was one of the people shot. The shooter died after exchanging gunfire with police. Officers in Scalise's protective detail engaged the shooter, and their swift action has been praised for saving lives.

It has emerged that Hodgkinson had been staying in the Alexandria area since March, where he had been living out of a white van.

Despite the shooting, the congressional baseball game went forward Thursday evening at Nationals Park in Washington. The third ranking member of the House Republican leadership, Scalise had been an avid player since his election to Congress in 2008.

The Capitol Police were at the ballfield in Virginia because Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., is the majority whip and member of the leadership. In a floor speech, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell urged prayer for the Louisiana congressman and everyone who was injured, saying that it had been an "immensely hard 24 hours for all the victims".

Griner, who fired the shot that felled Hodgkinson, remains hospitalized with a bullet wound to her lower leg. Lobbyist Matt Mike, who took two shots to the chest and arm in yesterday's shooting, also remains in critical condition at George Washington University medical center, according to his family.

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"I'm prayerful that he will pull through", Richmond replied, when asked if he was confident Scalise would survive.

"I have some friends who are interns who were talking about going, and after the shooting, I mean, I have to go", said Emily Cleveland of Danville, Ill., as she entered Nationals Park for the game. "He's always fighting, that's why this is right up his ally".

Members of both parties said they needed to soften rhetorical attacks on each other, if only to set a better example for a public that seems increasingly divided into hostile political camps. "How dare they", the minority leader said.

The California Democrat notes that she herself is now featured in millions of dollars of attack ads running in a Georgia House district where there's a hard-fought special election next week. They released photos of guns similar to the handgun and rifle that were used in the attack, which officials have said were purchased legally.

Williams, a Republican coach who injured his leg and ankle while diving for cover during the shooting, also said it was important to play ball as planned. Republicans and Democrats sat in different parts of the park - fans could state their party preference when buying tickets.

"I would argue that the president is at least - is partially - again, not in any way totally but partially to blame for demons that have been unleashed", said South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford in an interview on MSNBC.



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